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Ian Brownlee

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Professional affiliation

Director, Central American Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Full Biography

Ian Brownlee is the Director of the Office of Central American Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, a position he has held since August 2015. In this role, Brownlee concentrates on managing U.S. relations with this important region. The President’s Strategy for Engagement in Central America provides a road map for these relations. Before joining the Office of Central American Affairs, Mr. Brownlee was the Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. In that role, he oversaw the restoration of U.S. political, economic, and cultural engagement throughout an area that had been beset by criminal violence. Brownlee’s previous tours in the U.S. Foreign Service include as the Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Mexican Affairs, as Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretaries for Western Hemisphere Affairs and Consular Affairs, and in consular management positions in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and San Jose, Costa Rica.  He also served in Matamoros, Mexico and Santiago, Chile. Brownlee is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service of the United States, with the rank of Minister Counselor.