Ambassador to New Zealand and to the Independent State of Samoa
Ambassador Scott Brown presented credentials to the
Governor-General of New Zealand to become U.S.
Ambassador to New Zealand on June 28, 2017. He was
the 2nd U.S. Ambassador to assume duties anywhere in
the world in President Donald Trump’s administration.
Ambassador Brown is a prominent U.S. political leader,
attorney, and National Guardsman with a long history of public service.
In 2010, Ambassador Brown was elected to the U.S. Senate, representing the state
of Massachusetts. During his time in the U.S. Senate, Ambassador Brown was
known as the most bipartisan Senator, and served as the ranking member on the
Armed Services Committee and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. He
also held committee assignments on Veteran and Small Business affairs. As an
elected official, he worked extensively on sex offender, child trafficking and other
law enforcement issues to keep children and families safe. He began his public
service career as an Assessor and Selectman for the Town of
Wrentham, Massachusetts. He served as Massachusetts State Representative for
the 9th Norfolk District for seven years and as State Senator for the Norfolk,
Bristol, and Middlesex District for five.
Ambassador Brown served in the enlisted and officer ranks of the Massachusetts
and Maryland National Guard. He retired as a Colonel after 35 years of service, the
last four of which he served as the Deputy to the Chief Counsel to the Chief of the
National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon. While maintaining his law practice he
was also a contracted contributor and analyst for Fox National News.
Ambassador Brown worked as an attorney for Nixon Peabody, LLP, Boston,
MA. He served on the Board of Directors and as an Advisor to Kadant, Inc.,
Westford, MA and as an advisor to 1st Alliance Lending, LLP, East Hartford, CT,
an organization aimed at helping low income citizens keep their homes. He was an
Advisor to SkyBridge Capital, New York, NY and to Ron Terwilliger Housing
Foundation, Vienna, VA, and served as a board member for the USA Triathlon
Foundation introducing youth to the sport of triathlon. He traveled extensively
speaking before colleges, businesses, trade associations, and financial and
government advocacy groups globally.
Ambassador Brown is married to Gail Brown, a prominent television
journalist. They have two daughters: Ayla, a singer/songwriter in Nashville,
Tennessee and Arianna, a final year veterinary student at Cornell University in
New York. Ambassador Brown earned a B.A. from Tufts University and a J.D. from
Boston College Law School. He has Honorary Doctorates from Lasell College
(Humanitarian Letters) and Nichols College (Public Administration).
Time: 12:30 pm, Monday 26th February 2018.
Keynote Topic: The Business of Increasing US-NZ Trade & Commerce