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Diplomat in Residence

Ambassador Steve Browning

Working for the U.S. Department of State

Meet the Department of State Diplomat in Residence - Ambassador Steve Browning

Steve Browning has served in the Department of State for over 31 years and holds the rank of Ambassador.  He served most recently in Washington, DC, as the Deputy Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources.  Prior to that, his tours included Dominican Republic (Consular officer), Kenya (Management officer), Egypt (Management officer), Sri Lanka (Management officer), Tanzania (Deputy Chief of Mission), Malawi (Ambassador), Iraq (Management officer), Uganda (Ambassador) and the U.S. (multiple positions). He speaks Spanish and Kiswahili.

He received his BA from Baylor University (Theology) and his MEd from the University of Houston (Philosophy of Education).

Interesting Experience: Interesting experiences for him always revolve around the people. What could be more interesting than discussing conservation with Jane Goodall while walking on the Indian Ocean beach? Or meeting Nelson Mandela and hearing him describe his vision for the future of South Africa? Or sitting with child soldiers in northern Uganda who had escaped the clutches of Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army as they described their experiences? Or hearing the stories (and expressions of gratitude) of thousands of men and women alive today because of the work of the American government in HIV/AIDS care and prevention? For him, in this career nothing's more interesting than the people, both American and foreigners, you get to meet.

Ambassador Browning's duties as Diplomat-in-Residence at UC Berkeley include counseling students on State Department internship and career opportunities, with a particular focus on the Foreign Service; and engaging university and public audiences on State Department careers and issues of American diplomacy and public diplomacy in the countries and regions she has been involved with professionally.  Ambassador Browning will visit Davis often to assist students interested in internship and career opportunities in the State Department.

There are many ways you can benefit from the Department of State's Diplomat in Residence program. Brooks will:

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Ambassador Browning welcomes inquiries and referrals from the university. He arranges appointments via email. The DIR Office is located at:

University of California at Berkeley
2111 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94620-4350
Phone: 510.642.8125
Fax: Fax: 510.642.6987

Live in Southern California?

If you are from SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA and have already graduated and moved back, don't worry; there is a Diplomat in Residence in the Department of Public Affairs at UCLA. William Martin can help you if you need assistance and can't come to Berkeley.

William MartinAbout William: During his most recent tour, Pakistan he experienced catastrophic floods which displaced more than 20 million persons and inundated thousands of square miles of urban and agricultural land. He helped to craft U.S. Government relief efforts, both military and civilian, which alleviated suffering and prevented many unnecessary deaths. He saw firsthand the generosity of the United States and its willingness to use its vast resources to protect the poor and powerless when they are most vulnerable.

William Martin
Department of Public Policy
Box 951656, Rm. 6381
Public Affairs Bldg.
Los Angeles, CA. 90095-1656
Phone: 310.206.2552
Fax: 310.206.0337

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Additional Resources:
Working for the U.S. Department of State
U.S. State Department Dimensions (qualities they look for in Foreign Service Officers)
So You Want to Be a Diplomat - an article by former diplomat, Les McBee