Bren Flanigan '16
Bren Flanigan graduated from Washington and Lee in 2016 with a degree in Economics and Global Politics and a minor in Classics. He is a current M.A. Candidate in International Affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in New York. Bren has worked for the U.S. Department of State as a public diplomacy intern at our diplomatic mission in Zambia, where he helped draft official statements on behalf of the embassy and talking points for Dr. Jill Biden's White House visit to Zambia. Bren also worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, DC and at the United Nations in New York as an intern in public information after graduating from W&L.
From 2016-2018, Bren was a community economic development advisor and Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Benin in West Africa, where he advised three organizations on issues of economic development such as micro-enterprise accounting and marketing. However, two-thirds of Peace Corps is public diplomacy - sharing American culture and also raising awareness of Beninese culture amongst people in the United States. Bren's thoughts about international affairs have been published in The Washington Post through an op-ed shared by more than 11,000 people on Facebook about the role of Peace Corps in American foreign policy, spoken by former Secretary General Ban Ki-moon through drafted remarks, and heard by senior Ambassadors at the UN when Bren gave a speech advocating for the protection of refugees. Bren speaks Arabic and French.