Melissa Brown is currently serving on the faculty of the Department of National Security and Economic Policy at the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School. Prior, she served as acting deputy assistant administrator in the United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/DCHA). Ms. Brown has 24 years of experience with USAID and The Department of State on a wide range of democracy and governance, conflict mitigation and fragile states initiatives. She has served as the director of USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation as well as the acting director and deputy director of USAID's Office of Policy in the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning. Ms. Brown joined USAID in 1994 as a Presidential Management Intern helping to establish the Center for Democracy and Governance. She has extensive field experience, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, including a Foreign Service tour with USAID/Nigeria. She has also served as a senior advisor at The Department of State in both the Secretary of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization and the Office of Foreign Assistance. She has held several senior policy roles in USAID, including in USAID’s Bureau for Policy and Program Coordination where she handled policy and donor engagement related to fragile states and conflict, and in USAID’s Office of the Chief Operating Officer where she worked closely with The Department of State and The Department of Defense on reconstruction and stabilization initiatives. She also served as a United Nations Association Fellow at the World Bank. She holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University.