Mark Brzezinski

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Mark Brzezinski
Mark Brzezinski - U.S. Ambassador Mark Brzezinski.jpg
United States Ambassador to Sweden
In office
November 24, 2011 – July 1, 2015
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Matthew Barzun
Succeeded by Robert Gilchrist
Personal details
Born Mark Francis Brzezinski
(1965-04-07) April 7, 1965 (age 50)
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Dartmouth College
University of Virginia
St Antony's College, Oxford

Mark Francis Brzezinski (born April 7, 1965) is an American lawyer and political appointee who was the Ambassador to Sweden.

He is the son of Polish-born former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and the grandson of Polish diplomat Tadeusz Brzeziński. His mother Emilie Benes Brzezinski is the grandniece of former Czechoslovak president Edvard Beneš. His sister is Mika Brzezinski, co-host of the morning talk show Morning Joe and his brother is military expert Ian Brzezinski. He is also first cousin of author Matthew Brzezinski.


Brzezinski graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in government, earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School, and holds a D.Phil. in political science from Oxford University. He also earned a Fulbright Scholarship to study the Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Poland.

He was a corporate and securities associate at Hogan & Hartson LLP in Washington, D.C. from 1996-1999.

From 1999-2001, Brzezinski served in the Clinton administration as a director of Russian/Eurasian affairs and director of Southeast European affairs of the National Security Council at the White House. In that capacity, he was White House coordinator for U.S. democracy and rule of law assistance programs for the region.

He married Carolyn M. Campbell, a lawyer, in 1991[1] and then married a second time to Natalia Lopatniuk in 2008.[2]

Brzezinski was a foreign policy advisor to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama,[3] and was later appointed Ambassador to Sweden by Obama.[4]


  1. ^ "Carolyn M. Campbell Is to Marry Mark Brzezinski, a Fellow Lawyer". The New York Times. 22 December 1991. 
  2. ^ Congratulations Natalia Lopatniuk & Mark Brzezinski. September 6, 2008.
  3. ^ "The Talent Primary". 
  4. ^ "Seven ambassadors confirmed by Senate". The Hill's Floor Action Blog (The Hill). October 18, 2011. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Matthew Barzun
United States Ambassador to Sweden
Succeeded by
Robert Gilchrist