Brian I. McCleary

Brian I. McCleary

Area(s) of Expertise: Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, Executive Management, International
Key Industries: Military
Language(s): Native fluency in Spanish; proficiency in French and Italian; knowledge of Russian, Arabic, Finnish, and Urdu.


U.S. Foreign Service
Commercial Counselor at U.S. Diplomatic Missions in South Africa, Nigeria, Russia, Pakistan, and Iraq. Regional Commercial Counselor at U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Finland (Norway and Estonia). Deputy Commercial Counselor at U.S. Diplomatic Missions in Italy and Saudia Arabia. Promoted U.S. business in wide range of sectors.

U.S. Department of State
Senior Adviser (Resources, Plans, and Policy) to Secretary of State. Adviser to Deputy Secretary of State. Deputy Director, Office of Defense Trade Policy, Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs. Made recommendations on international affairs funding priorities. Helped restructure policies and programs under a $19.1 billion budget.

National Association of Manufacturers
Diplomat-in-Residence (Foreign Service officer). As Senior Trade Adviser, helped small- and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers take advantage of possibilities generated by the Central American Free Trade Agreement.

U.S. Department of Commerce
Chief of Staff to Under Secretary for Export Administration. Oversaw interagency efforts to standardize and harmonize strategic export controls pursuant to Export Administration Act.

Military: U.S. Naval Reserve

  • BA, International Affairs (Economics), George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • MA, National Security Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • Training, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, Arlington, VA