Jim Ellickson-Brown joins the Ford School as Diplomat in Residence

August 16, 2011

The Ford School is pleased to welcome Jim Ellickson-Brown as its Diplomat in Residence (DIR) for the 2011-12 academic year. Ellickson-Brown comes to campus with a distinguished 25-year Foreign Service career, having served in Cyprus, Greece, Haiti, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Norway.

The Ford School is one of only sixteen schools selected by the State Department to host a Diplomat in Residence, giving our students access to a current, active Foreign Service officer. DIRs give advice and guidance to students about civil and Foreign Service careers, internships, and fellowships.

His most recent post was as the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus. In Cyprus, Ellickson-Brown oversaw an expansive program that linked members of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities through shared interests, such as combating human trafficking, environmental protection, history, and jazz. Ellickson-Brown received a Superior Honor Award from the Department of State for his work in Haiti and in assisting foreign journalists who covered the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ellickson-Brown was a public school teacher in his home state of Oregon. Pursuing a life-long interest in music, Ellickson-Brown studied the musical traditions of the countries where he served. While abroad, he utilized traditional and popular American music as a means of introducing foreign audiences to American history and culture. He speaks Creole, French, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, and Norwegian. Ellickson-Brown holds a B.S. in Sociology and an M.A. in Education from the University of Oregon.

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