David Brown is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, and currently serves as TSO Director in the E&E bureau. He provides expertise, analysis, and executive management in support of the Bureau’s core objective of pursuing democratic governance and economic reform as mutually reinforcing objectives. TSO consists of three divisions: Democracy and Governance, Energy and Infrastructure, and Economic Growth.
Prior to this assignment, he was USAID’s first Senior Development Advisor to Greenland. As SDA, he was charged with deepening the US engagement with Greenland and Denmark through the judicious use of foreign assistance in three pillars: (1) support for positive influence by supporting mineral resource and energy sector governance; (2) strengthen bilateral ties by enhancing economic competitiveness; and (3) advance economic opportunities through tourism and the development of sustainable rural communities. From 2016-2019, David served as USAID’s first Acquisition Innovation Advocate. In this role, he served on the Office of Federal Procurement Policy’s Acquisition Innovation Council, which promotes innovation in Federal Acquisition.
David served as Deputy Regional Mission Director in Central Asia from 2013 to 2016. He previously served as the Director of the Office and Acquisition and Assistance in two of the largest USAID programs, Iraq and Afghanistan. Since joining USAID in 2000, he has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, throughout Central America, and Armenia.
Mr. Brown has served overseas in the US Army in Germany, the Middle East, Haiti, Afghanistan, and the former Yugoslavia. He is a paratrooper and has held leadership positions at the platoon, company, and battalion level. He is a decorated combat veteran with multiple personal and campaign awards. He considers those awards earned through his career associated with unit performance to be the most satisfying and representative of military service.
David holds a BA in International Studies from CSU, MPA from the American University, and a Master’s certificate from the George Washington school of law.