Dr. Katherine Brown is the President and CEO of Global Ties U.S. and the Global Ties Foundation, the largest and oldest citizen diplomacy network in the United States. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program and a Non-Resident Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Human Rights Initiative.
Before joining Global Ties in 2018, Katherine was a Public Policy Manager at Facebook, Inc., where she was also in residence as a 2016–2017 Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) International Affairs Fellow. From 2013 to 2016, Katherine served as Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, an office authorized by Congress to appraise and strengthen U.S. engagement activities with foreign citizens. She previously served in the U.S. government as an assistant to the National Security Adviser at the White House; as a Communications Adviser at the U.S. embassy in Kabul; and as a Professional Staff Member for the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the U.S. House of Representatives. Katherine also worked throughout South Asia as a Communications Manager for The Asia Foundation and as one of the original editorial staff members for Bloomberg View, the opinion platform for Bloomberg News. She received her Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University in 2013. Her book, “Dateline Kabul: Storytelling of Modern Afghanistan and America’s Longest War” will be released by Oxford University Press in summer 2018. Katherine is a Member of the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy Board and a former term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.