Advisory Board

Ambassador Jennifer Brush


Ambassador Jennifer Brush

Former Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General

United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

Pristina, Kosovo 

Personal Profile

•   Successful, decorated US and International Diplomat with 28 years of international experience, specializing in the former Soviet Union and former Yugoslavia, conflict resolution, nonproliferation and security issues.

•   Broad experience managing international and USG assistance programs.

•   Conversant in seven languages.

 Experience

 

UNMIK

DSRSG                                                                                                                                                                                Pristina, Kosovo

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2014-2015

Serve as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to the UN Peace-Keeping Mission (UNMIK) in Kosovo. 

·      Implement UNMIK mandate to help ensure conditions for a peaceful and normal life for all inhabitants of Kosovo and advance regional stability in the Western Balkans.

·      Conduct diplomatic relations between UNMIK and Kosovo.

·      Responsible for all elements of UNMIK’s operations. 

·      Supervise 388 employees.

·      Plan, implement and evaluate an overall annual UNMIK budget of over $43 million. 

·      Formulate, implement and evaluate UNMIK policy to promote democracy, prosperity and stability in Kosovo.

·      Ensure the Mission is efficiently and fairly managed.  

 

OSCE Mission to Moldova                                                                                                                                      Chisinau, Moldova

Head of Mission                                                                                                                                                                 2012 to Present

 

Serve as OSCE Head of Mission in Moldova. 

·      Implement OSCE mandate to advance dialogue and negotiations with a comprehensive political framework, assisting the parties to the conflict in pursuing negotiations on a lasting comprehensive political settlement of the Transdniestrian conflict in all its aspects with an understanding about a special status for the Transdniestrian region.

·      Conduct diplomatic relations between the OSCE and Moldova.

·      Responsible for all elements of the OSCE Mission's operations. 

·      Supervise 14 international and 41 local national employees.

·      Plan, implement and evaluate an overall annual OSCE budget of over $2 million, with an additional $15 million in extra-budgetary funds. 

·      Formulate, implement and evaluate OSCE policy to promote democracy, prosperity and stability in the Republic of Moldova.

·      Ensure the Mission is efficiently and fairly managed.  

 

Office of South Central Europe, EUR Bureau                                                                                                       Washington, DC

Director                                                                                                                                                                                            2010-2012

Served as Director of the Office of South Central Europe in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

·      Conducted diplomatic relations between the United States and South Central Europe, including Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania.

·      Responsible for all elements of U.S. policy related to the Balkans. 

·      Supervised 20 Foreign Service and Civil Service employees.

·      Formulated, implemented and evaluated U.S. policy to promote democracy, prosperity and stability in the Balkans.

·      Ensured the office was efficiently and fairly managed.  

 

U.S. Embassy Belgrade                                                                                                                                                 Belgrade, Serbia

DCM/Charge d’Affaires, a.i.                                                                                                                                                  2007-2010

Served as Deputy and then Chief of Mission in Serbia. 

·      Conducted diplomatic relations between the United States and Serbia.

·      Responsible for all elements of the U.S. Mission's operations. 

·      Supervised 90 Americans and close to 300 local nationals, and directed the work of 7 other U.S. agencies.

·      Planned, implemented and evaluated an overall annual U.S. budget for U.S. assistance to Serbia of over $50 million. 

·      Formulated, implemented and evaluated U.S. policy to promote democracy, prosperity and stability in the Republic of Serbia.

·      Ensured the Embassy was efficiently and fairly managed.  

 

 

 

U.S. Embassy                                                                                                                                                   Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

DCM/Charge d’Affaires, a.i.                                                                                                                                                    2004-2007

Served as Deputy and then Chief of Mission in Turkmenistan. 

·      Conducted diplomatic relations between the United States and Turkmenistan.

·      Was responsible for all elements of the U.S. Mission's operations. 

·      Supervised 45 Americans and close to 100 local nationals.

·      Planned, implemented and evaluated an overall annual U.S. budget for U.S. assistance to Turkmenistan of over five million dollars. 

·      Formulated, implemented and evaluated U.S. policy to promote democracy, prosperity and stability in Turkmenistan.

·      Ensured the Embassy was efficiently and fairly managed.  

 

U.S. Embassy                                                                                                       Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)

Deputy Chief of Mission                                                                                                                                                           2002-2004

·      Conducted diplomatic relations between the United States and the Marshall Islands.

·      Was responsible for all elements of the U.S. Mission's operations. 

·      Supervised 6 Americans and 10 local nationals.

·      Negotiated an amended Compact of Free Association that continued the defense relationship, including a new agreement providing U.S. military access to Kwajalein Atoll in the RMI through 2086; strengthened immigration provisions; and provided $1.5 billion to the Marshall Islands from 2004 through 2023. 

·      Formulated, implemented and evaluated U.S. policy to promote democracy, prosperity and self-reliance in the Republic of the Marshall Islands

·      Ensured the Embassy was efficiently and fairly managed.  

 

Department of State, Bureau of Nonproliferation, Office of Proliferation Threat Reduction          Washington, DC

Senior coordinator - Science Centers Nonproliferation Program                                                     1999-2001

·     Managed the $200+ million U.S. effort to redirect former Soviet weapons' scientists to peaceful commercial/research activities through the Science and Technology Centers in Moscow and Kiev.

•   Prepared and defended annual budget requests to Congress.

•   Solicited, reviewed, authorized, implemented, monitored and evaluated hundreds of project proposals annually.

•   Coordinated participation of U.S., EU, Japanese, and Canadian technical collaborators drawn from the National Labs, government, academia and the private sector.

•   Recruited U.S. staff for Science Centers and for Science Center team at the Department.

•   Encouraged and coordinated partner participation by public and private sector partners.

•   Awarded and managed contracts with National Labs, the Science Centers, NGOs and universities.

•   Represented the Department and the Centers at international and domestic negotiations and meetings, including formal and informal presentations of the Centers' activities.

•   Coordinated efforts with the Department of Energy to dismantle/downsize Russian nuclear weapons' complexes through the $7.5 million Nuclear Cities Initiative.

 

U.S. Mission to United Nations System Organizations in Vienna                                                  Vienna, Austria

First Secretary                                                                                                                                 1995 to 1998

•   Represented the United States at both the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.

•   Served as U.S. budget hawk on both organizations, which had annual budgets of $218 million and $70 million respectively.

•   Centralized administrative structures of both organizations to reduce costs and promote efficiencies.

•   Worked with both organizations to promote the hiring and advancement of professional women.

•   Advised senior U.S. decision-makers on nonproliferation issues.

 

U.S. Embassy                                                                                                 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Second Secretary                                                                                                                             1994 to 1995

•   Opened first U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the midst of the war.

•   Negotiated the creation of the Bosniak/Croat Federation with representatives of both ethnic groups in local municipalities through cooperation with the UN, NGOs and other USG agencies.

•   Assisted the U.S. Arbitrator in reaching judgments on distribution of leadership functions among the ethnic groups in municipalities where negotiation and mediation had failed.

•   Awarded two Superior Honor Awards and a Meritorious Honor Award for courage and bravery in promoting a democratic multi-cultural Bosnia and Herzegovina during wartime conditions.

 

U.S. Embassy                                                                                                                            Ankara, Turkey

Second Secretary                                                                                                                             1992 to 1994

•   In the Embassy's Political-Military Affairs Section, was U.S. Embassy point of contact for the Government of Turkey for issues related to management of U.S. military bases in Turkey.

•   Coordinated and managed closure of U.S. military bases as part of U.S draw-down in Europe.

•   Coordinated and managed USG security assistance program in Turkey.

•   Worked with the Government of Turkey on NATO and CSCE issues.

•   Negotiated with the UK, French and Turkish governments to reach consensus on consecutive extensions of "Operation Provide Comfort" in northern Iraq.

 

U.S. Embassy                                                                                                                            Warsaw, Poland

Second Secretary                                                                                                                             1989 to 1991

•   Managed the Non-Immigrant Visa Section of Consular Section.

•   In the Political Section, was Embassy point of contact for the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for information on developments in Iraq.  This liaison resulted in requesting Poland to represent the U.S. Government in Baghdad.

•   Followed activities of the post-Communist political parties and correctly predicted the return of these parties to power.

•   Served as Embassy's liaison with Poland's Catholic Church hierarchy, including reporting on and analyzing Pope John Paul II's 1991 visit to Poland.

•   Served as liaison with U.S. and international Jewish groups and ensuring preservation/non-desecration of Jewish sites in Poland.

 

U.S. Embassy                                                                                                                    Belgrade, Yugoslavia

Third Secretary                                                                                                                                1987 to 1989

•   Analyzed political developments in the Yugoslav republics of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia.

•   Followed Yugoslavia's League of Communists Party, including predicting the tragic consequences of the rise of Slobodan Milosevic.

•   Studied the activities of Yugoslavia's many religions.

 

Academic Credentials

 

Princeton University                                                                                                                      Princeton, NJ

Master of Public Policy                                                                                                                                1999

•   Emphasis on Nonproliferation, Security and Management Issues.

•   John B. Weinberg Fellow.

 

University of Washington                                                                                                                 Seattle, WA

Master of Arts (ABD)                                                                                                                                   1983

•   Master's Degree in Soviet and East European Studies. 

•   National Defense Fellow.

 

Political Science Faculty, University of Sarajevo                                                                   Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

Graduate Program in the Socio-Political System of Yugoslavia                                                                       1981

•   Thomas J. Watson Fellow.

•   Attended the graduate program in Workers' Self-Management and the Socio-Political Structure of Yugoslavia.

 

Political Science Faculty, University of Zagreb                                                                       Zagreb, Yugoslavia

Undergraduate Program in the Socio-Political System of Yugoslavia                                                               1980

•   Thomas J. Watson Fellow - Attended lectures on Workers' Self-Management.

 

Newcomb College of Tulane University                                                                                   New Orleans, LA

Bachelor of Arts                                                                                                                                          1978

•   Double major in International Relations and Slavic Studies.

•   Elected first woman Associated Student Body President of Tulane University, managed a staff of 10, the Student Body Senate and a budget of $250,000.

•   Named "Outstanding Senior" at 1978 Newcomb commencement ceremonies.

•   Awarded Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study Workers' Self-Management in Yugoslavia.

 

Awards:             •   2007 – Superior Honor Award for managing Embassy Ashgabat during the historic aftermath of the death of President Saparmurad Niyazov.

                                 2002 – Superior Honor Award for managing Embassy Majuro during the negotiations on the Compact of Free Association.

                                 1998-1999 - John B. Weinberg Fellow in the Masters of Public Policy program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University.

                             •   1995 - Superior Honor Award for courage and bravery in arbitrating ethnic differences in the Bosniak/Croatian Federation.

                             •   1995 - Superior Honor Award for courage and bravery in establishing the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo during wartime conditions.

                             •   1993 - Meritorious Honor Award for courage and bravery in assessing the potential for the outbreak of violence in Kosovo.

                             •   1981-1983 - National Defense Fellow for Russian studies at the University of Washington, Russian and East European Studies Program.

                             •   1978-81 - Thomas J. Watson Fellow studying workers' self-management at the Political Science Faculties at the Universities of Zagreb and Sarajevo.

                             •   1978 - Graduated from Newcomb College of Tulane University receiving the Outstanding Senior Award.

 

LANGUAGES:        Serbo-Croatian, Turkish, Polish, Russian, Turkmen, French, English (native)

 

HOBBIES:             Competitive Tennis, “Traditional Foods” practitioner

 

FAMILY:               Son, Maximilian Thomas Brush.  Pets – Transdniestrian rescue dog, Pristina rescue dog and two Kurilian Bobtail cats


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