Melissa A. Brown is the Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs at U.S. Embassy Singapore, where she heads the 12-person combined Economic and Political Section.
Before arriving in Singapore, Melissa was assigned to Jakarta, Indonesia, as the Trade and Investment Unit Chief in U.S. Embassy Jakarta’s Economic Section from 2011 to 2015.
Previously, Melissa was posted to Washington DC, where she was detailed to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) as Director for Southeast Asia. Prior to USTR, she was the U.S. State Department’s Vietnam Desk Officer responsible for economic issues.
Melissa’s earlier overseas diplomatic assignments also include Port Louis, Mauritius, with responsibility for economic and commercial issues in Mauritius, Seychelles, and Comoros, and Bangkok, Thailand, with responsibility for Cambodian immigrant issues. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Melissa was a corporate law paralegal.
Melissa is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and completed the State Department’s Economic and Commercial Studies program at the Foreign Service Institute. She speaks Indonesian and French and also studied Khmer (Cambodian) and Hungarian. She and her husband Ron Luhur have two children.