Since January 2017, Mr. Art Brown has served as the acting Deputy Chief of Mission (A/DCM) at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a Senior Foreign Service Officer (SFS) with the rank of Counselor (FE-OC) for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He was appointed as Mission Director to USAID/Dominican Republic in July 2016. He has worked for the federal government for more than 25 years.
Mr. Brown served as the SFS Deputy Mission Director in Kabul, Afghanistan (2015-2016) where he was responsible for international donor engagement, and coordinating relations with the Afghan National Unity Government’s foreign-aid management unit within the Ministry of Finance. He has served as the USAID/Nicaragua Mission Director, Deputy USAID Director in Kinshasa, DRC and served as an FSO in Nigeria, Guinea & Sierra Leone, Botswana, and Washington, DC in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and on the Chief Financial Officer (CFO)’s team. Prior to USAID, Mr. Brown served as the Senior Financial Manager at the JHPIEGO Corporation working in the Maternal/Child Health & HIV/AIDS sectors.
Mr. Brown has completed the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Seminar at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI). Mr. Brown graduated from Johns Hopkins University (MBA), University of Virginia (BA), and the National War College (MS-National Security Strategy). He is a National Defense University (NDU) CAPSTONE Fellow, and a graduate of the Joint Special Operations University’s Combined/Joint Force Special Operations Component Commander Course.
He holds various Meritorious Honor Awards, and the USAID Administrator’s Management Improvement Award, along with Special Act, Meritorious Group, and Teamwork Awards. Mr. Brown also is a distinguished recipient of the U.S. Peace Corps’ Franklin H. Williams award for Outstanding Community Leaders.
Mr. Brown has volunteered for the Women Infants and Children (WIC) welfare program, the Washington, DC based Free Clinic, and Executive Board Member for the Baltimore, Maryland based Ashburton Area Community Association. Additionally, Mr. Brown served as a Rural Community Development Extension Agent in the Republic of Bénin, West Africa, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs where he was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) for over three years.
Mr. Brown is married to Krista Luchie Brown (BSN, RN, MS, Family-Nurse Practitioner). She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer-Togo, West Africa. They have a son and a daughter together.