|William Rivington Brownfield|
|Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs|
Assumed office |
January 10, 2011
Luis E. Arreaga|
Alexander A. Arvizu
|Preceded by||David Johnson|
|United States Ambassador to Colombia|
September 12, 2007 – August 10, 2010
George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||William Wood|
|Succeeded by||Michael McKinley|
|United States Ambassador to Venezuela|
October 15, 2004 – September 5, 2007
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Charles Shapiro|
|Succeeded by||Patrick Duddy|
|United States Ambassador to Chile|
March 25, 2002 – July 19, 2004
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Philip Goldberg (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Craig Kelly|
|Born||1952 (age 65–66)|
University of Texas, Austin
National Defense University
William Rivington Brownfield (born 1952) is a Career Ambassador in the United States Foreign Service and the current Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs as of January 10, 2011. He has previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Venezuela, and Colombia.
A career Foreign Service Officer, William Brownfield was United States Ambassador to Colombia. He arrived in Colombia on August 31, 2007 and was accredited by Colombian President Álvaro Uribe on September 12, 2007. On August 3, 2010, the United States confirmed Peter Michael McKinley as the new ambassador to Colombia.
Prior to arriving in Colombia, Brownfield was Ambassador to Venezuela, and before that Chile.
Ambassador Brownfield's first assignment after joining the Foreign Service in 1979 was in Maracaibo, Venezuela. His other overseas postings include service as Counselor for Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva, and assignments in Argentina and El Salvador. He was temporarily assigned as Political Adviser to the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Southern Command in Panama 1989-1990.
In Washington, Ambassador Brownfield's assignments have included Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere (WHA), Director for Policy in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Executive Assistant in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Member of the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff, and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs.
In a nationally-televised speech on April 9, 2006, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez threatened to expel Brownfield for “provoking the Venezuelan people.” Chávez said “Start packing your bags, mister - if you keep on provoking us, start packing your bags, because I’ll kick you out of here.”
On January 25, 2007, Brownfield was again threatened with expulsion by President Chávez. Chávez was responding to Brownfield's comments on the planned nationalization of several Venezuelan companies in which US companies are minority shareholders.
He was reportedly "not forthcoming" about the death of four civilians in Honduras, shot from a state department helicopter.
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
Starting on January 10, 2011, Brownfield served as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. In August 2017, he announced his intent to retire by the end of September. During his career, Brownfield received the Secretary's Distinguished Service Award and was a three-time recipient of the Presidential Performance Award.
Brownfield is married to Kristie Kenney, Counselor of the State Department. He speaks Spanish with a pronounced Texas accent, and French adequately. Despite his long residence outside Texas, and the fact that he was not born in Texas, he considers himself a Texas native.
- "Chavez threatens to expel U.S. ambassador". MSNBC News Service Online. 2006.
- CNN.com[dead link]
- Geoff Earle; S.A. Miller (June 12, 2013). "State Department stymied probe into shooting of four Hondurans, whistleblower says". The New York Post.
- Lynch, Colum (August 27, 2017). "Top State Department Officials Step Down in "Black Friday" Exodus". Foreign Policy.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to William R Brownfield.|
- State Department Biography page (Assistant Secretary)
- State Department Biography page (Venezuela)
- State Department Biography page (Chile)
- Interview with William Brownfield
- U.S. Embassy in Bogotá: Ambassador Brownfield
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Presidential Nomination: William Rivington Brownfield
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| United States Ambassador to Venezuela
| United States Ambassador to Colombia
| Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs