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
PresidentBarack Obama
Prime MinisterFredrik Reinfeldt
Stefan Löfven
Preceded byMatthew Barzun
Succeeded byAzita Raji
Personal details
Mark Francis Brzezinski

(1965-04-07) April 7, 1965 (age 54)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Carolyn M. Campbell (div.)
Natalia Brzezinski (m. 2008)
ParentsZbigniew Brzezinski
Emilie Benes Brzezinski
RelativesIan Brzezinski (brother)
Mika Brzezinski (sister)
Matthew Brzezinski (cousin)
Alma materDartmouth College
University of Virginia
St Antony's College, Oxford

Mark Francis Brzezinski (born April 7, 1965) is an American lawyer who served as the United States Ambassador to Sweden from 2011–2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Brzezinski is the son of Emilie Benes Brzezinski and Polish-born former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, and the grandson of Polish diplomat Tadeusz Brzeziński. His mother 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 Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School, and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in political science from Oxford University. He also earned a Fulbright Scholarship to study the Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Poland.


Brzezinski 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.

Brzezinski was a foreign policy advisor to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama,[1] and was later appointed Ambassador to Sweden by Obama.[2]

Personal life[edit]

His first wife was Carolyn M. Campbell, a lawyer.[3] His second wife, from 2008, is Natalia Brzezinski, née Lopatniuk.[4]


  1. ^ "The Talent Primary".
  2. ^ "Seven ambassadors confirmed by Senate". The Hill's Floor Action Blog. The Hill. October 18, 2011.
  3. ^ "Carolyn M. Campbell Is to Marry Mark Brzezinski, a Fellow Lawyer". The New York Times. 22 December 1991.
  4. ^ Congratulations Natalia Lopatniuk & Mark Brzezinski. September 6, 2008. Archived December 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Matthew Barzun
United States Ambassador to Sweden
Succeeded by
Azita Raji