Brionne Dawson (F'02)

Brionne Dawson is a results-driven, global public policy practitioner in Washington, D.C. with two decades of experience in program management, sustainable development, and international government affairs. As senior director of East and Southern Africa at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Dawson is responsible for advising multinational companies operating in East and Southern Africa on navigating regulatory, political, and operational risks in emerging and frontier markets. She served as a political appointee in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and in leadership capacities at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Washington, D.C. and South Africa.

At USAID, Dawson developed and executed legislative and stakeholder outreach strategies to advance Agency priorities, earning recognition for outstanding achievement building bipartisan support on a wide-ranging portfolio of sustainable development efforts. As acting director of NDI's regional office in South Africa, she implemented donor-funded programs to provide political leaders with skills to fight HIV/AIDS throughout Southern Africa. Dawson managed DFID, USAID, and NED-funded development programs across Sub-Saharan Africa. She also led efforts to improve accountability in the management of revenues from Africa's extractive industries. Other professional assignments include the United Nations Development Program, the Center for International Policy, and consulting.

Dawson is recognized by New America as one of 35 Black American National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders; an International Career Advancement Program Fellow; and a fellow serving in leadership roles with the Truman National Security Project. She holds a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University, M.A. in international business from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and certification in French proficiency.

Brionne will be featured on the Global Threats and Opportunities to the United States panel with Zaid Zaid (F'97) and Anthony "Tony" Johnson (MA'18).