Esther Brimmer '83 Confirmed for White House Position as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
Earlier this month, Esther Brimmer ’83 was confirmed for a top post in the Obama administration. Her new position, assistant secretary of state for International Organization Affairs, carries the responsibilities of developing and implementing U.S. policy in areas such as human rights, peacekeeping and climate change through the United Nations and other international intergovernmental organizations.
Brimmer earned a degree in international relations at Pomona and went on to complete her Master’s and Ph.D. in international relations from Oxford University. In Brimmer’s statement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee upon her nomination in March, she referenced her education at Pomona:
“I became interested in the United Nations in 8th grade when I served as a page carrying messages in plenary sessions of a Model United Nations. Years later, I led Pomona College's delegation to the Model United Nations of the Far West. During my junior year in college, I participated in Pomona's highly competitive program to study international organizations in Geneva. I even wrote a paper on the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO.”
Most recently, Brimmer was the deputy director and director of research at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced Studies at John Hopkins University. Previously, she’s held several other positions in the federal government and at think tanks, including the Office of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State; the Democratic Study Group in the U.S. House of Representatives; the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict; and McKinsey & Co. She’s edited four books, including Transforming Homeland Security: U.S. and European Approaches, and has written numerous articles and book chapters on transatlantic security issues.