Katherine Brown

Dr. Katherine A.

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Brown is the President & CEO of Global Ties U.S., the most established citizen diplomacy network in the United States that powers individuals, communities, and nations to build trust and advance peace and prosperity through international exchange. Before assuming leadership of Global Ties U.S. in 2018, Katherine was a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) International Affairs Fellow in residence at Meta. From 2013-2016, she served as the Executive Director of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State, an office authorized by Congress to appraise and strengthen U.S. engagement activities with foreign citizens. Dr. Brown previously served in the U.S. government as an assistant to the National Security Advisor at the White House, a communications advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, and a Professional Staff Member at the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the U.S. House of Representatives. She also worked throughout South Asia as a Communications Manager for The Asia Foundation and as one of the original editorial staff members for Bloomberg Opinion. Dr. Brown received her Ph.D. in Communications from Columbia University in 2013 and completed her doctoral fieldwork in Afghanistan and Pakistan, examining the effects of their news media on governance, civil society, and foreign policy. Her book, "Your Country, Our War: The Press and Diplomacy in Kabul," was published by Oxford University Press in 2019. She is a 2018-19 French American Foundation Young Leader and a member of the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy Advisory Board and the Truman National Security Project Board.