February 19, 2010

Date: 02/19/2010 Description: Black History Month 2010: Russell Brooks - State Dept Image

Russell Brooks serves as the information officer for the Bureau of African Affairs. In that capacity, he is responsible for developing press guidance and official statements; responding to press inquiries; setting up interviews; serving as a liaison with our press officers in the field; and monitoring the media for Africa-related content. He has been especially involved in the public diplomacy issues relating to the turmoil in Zimbabwe and Somalia; the ongoing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; as well as the quest for democratic, political solutions in Guinea and Madagascar.

Prior to his arrival in the AF Bureau, Mr. Brooks served overseas in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Lima, Peru. He was a consular officer at both posts and experienced the full gamut of consular operations. In Honduras, a medium-sized post, Mr. Brooks was rotated through each of the consular sections, organized several ACS events for the Ambassador, and served a stint as the acting cultural affairs officer. In Peru, an extensive earthquake occurred shortly after his arrival. This event enabled him to gain first-hand experience in crisis response and afterwards, he co-wrote a Lessons Learned cable for Consular Affairs.

Mr. Brooks joined the Foreign Service in 2004. Prior to that, he spent 17 years working for ABC Sports.

Mr. Brooks earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in International Relations and International Business from Seton Hall University. Originally from New Jersey, he lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.