Chargé d' Affaires
Ambassador Martin Brennan
Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, U.S. Mission Nigeria
Martin Brennan is a native Californian, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. He joined the Foreign Service in 1976 as a Political Officer and has served in Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Taiwan, Portugal, Thailand, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Zambia. In his overseas assignments, he carried out responsibilities in the political, commercial, labor, consular, refugee, and public affairs fields. His refugee duties took him to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. He served on detail to the World Affairs Council of Northern California as Director of Programs. As Acting Director in the Office of Southern African Affairs in the State Department, he was active in the Angolan and Mozambican peace processes. Mr. Brennan served as Ambassador to Uganda (1999-2002) and Zambia (2002-2005). He retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 after serving as the Diplomat-in-Residence at the University of New Mexico.
Mr. Brennan served as the Executive Director of International House at the University of California at Berkeley from 2007-2012.
Mr. Brennan is the recipient of two Department of State Superior Honor and five Meritorious Honor awards. In 2003, he received a Senior Foreign Service Performance Pay Award.
Mr. Brennan holds a Master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1976) and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley (1971). He is fluent in French and Italian, and reasonably fluent in Portuguese.