Gayleatha B. Brown
|Gayleatha B. Brown|
|United States Ambassador to Benin|
July 25, 2006 – 2009
|Preceded by||Wayne E. Neill|
|Succeeded by||James Knight|
|United States Ambassador to Burkina Faso|
August 4, 2009 – 2010
|Preceded by||Jeanine E. Jackson|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Dougherty|
June 20, 1947|
Matewan, West Virginia, U.S.
|Died||April 19, 2013
Edison, New Jersey, U.S.
Gayleatha Beatrice Brown (June 20, 1947 – April 19, 2013) was a United States foreign service officer and ambassador. She has served in several diplomatic posts during her career with the U.S. Department of State including U.S. ambassador to Benin.
Brown was educated in the Red Jacket Elementary School, Matewan Elementary and High Schools in Mingo County, West Virginia. She graduated from high school at Edison High School in Edison, New Jersey. She has BA and MA honor degrees from Howard University. She conducted post-graduate work in international relations at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.
Before joining the Department of State, Ambassador Brown was a Special Assistant to the Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Africa and a legislative assistant in the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress.
Brown’s postings with the Department of State have included:
- Ambassador to Benin
- Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa
- U.S. Consul General at the American Consulate General and concurrently as the U.S. Deputy Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France
- Chief of the Economic and Commercial Sections at the U.S. Embassies in Harare, Zimbabwe; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Desk Officer for Canada, Senegal, Guinea, and Mauritania at the State Department in Washington
- Economic Officer/Regional United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Representative and Finance and Development Officer at the U.S. Embassies in Paris and Abidjan
- Representative of the State Department Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Export Credit Arrangement negotiations
- Lady of the Golden Horseshoe (West Virginia state academic honor)
- Among the first women Rotarians in Tanzania
- Charter member of the New Jersey Edison Township High School Alumni Hall of Fame
- Two Department of State Superior Honor Awards
- State Department Meritorious Honor Award
- Honorary member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority and Sandown Rotary Club in Johannesburg, South Africa
Ambassador Brown speaks English, French and Swahili. She writes poetry, enjoys reading (particularly mystery novels), and loves dancing, tennis, t'ai chi, and music (especially gospel, soul, jazz, classical). She is a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church (Pilgrim Circle) in Washington, D.C. and is associated with the Community Church of Iselin, New Jersey.
- Ambassador Gayleatha B. Brown Biography, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Benin. Accessed September 29, 2007. "She was educated in the Red Jacket Elementary School, Matewan Elementary and High Schools in Mingo County, West Virginia; and Edison Township High School, Edison, New Jersey."
- "Ambassador Gayleatha B. Brown". September 22, 2009. State Department. Archived from the original on 2009-09-22. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- United States Department of State: Biography of Gayleatha Brown
- White House press release
- "Coutonou" (PDF). State Department. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
Wayne E. Neill
|U.S. Ambassador to Benin
Jeanine E. Jackson
|U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso