Biography

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Cynthia Brown
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Digital Strategy
Bureau of Public Affairs
Term of Appointment: 07/2016 to present

Cynthia Brown currently serves as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Digital Strategy within the Bureau of Public Affairs, overseeing a team of digital media practitioners and technical staff working to expand the reach of U.S. foreign policy messaging through web-based communication technologies.

Ms. Brown began her career with the U.S. Department of State in 2001, and previously served as Director of the Office of Digital Engagement responsible for overseeing the Department’s flagship social media outreach. Prior to that, she was Acting Director of the Foreign Press Centers, where she oversaw the design and implementation of targeted media engagements with visiting and U.S.-based members of the foreign press corps.

Her overseas postings have included Public Diplomacy Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town, South Africa and Deputy Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. She also has served in Maputo, Mozambique and São Paulo, Brazil.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Ms. Brown worked in the field of marketing and business development holding positions at Dell Computer Corporation in Austin, Texas; Visioneer, Incorporated in Fremont, California; and Honeywell International in Phoenix, Arizona. From 1993 to 1995, Ms. Brown was a member of the first group of U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in the former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan.

A native of Palo Alto, California, Ms. Brown earned a B.A. in Spanish Literature and Culture and a B.A. in Social Science with a minor in Global Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Irvine. She holds a Master in International Management from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, where she specialized in marketing and Latin American studies.

Ms. Brown speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, and Russian.