Bryan Larson is a career Senior Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Commercial Service. As the Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo and the Regional Senior Commercial Officer for the Caribbean, he is responsible for promoting U.S. exports, advocating for U.S business interests, and promoting investment in the United States. He leads the Department of Commerce’s efforts in the Caribbean Region.
During his last assignment as the Commercial Counselor in Athens, Greece, he successfully negotiated and concluded the results-driven U.S.-Greece Commercial Action Plan, an initiative of the Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, and Secretary of Commerce. He and his team were awarded the Gold Medal, the Department’s highest honor, by the Secretary of Commerce.
Previous to Athens, Mr. Larson served as the Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, leading the team through the transition period of the U.S. military withdrawal and assumption of sovereignty by the Iraqi Government.
Previous to Iraq, Mr. Larson led the Commercial Section’s energy and environment industry team at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He is a “founding father” of the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Program (ECP), a public-private partnership formed by proclamation of the Presidents of the United States and China.
Prior to Beijing, Mr. Larson served at the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Baltimore, where he provided business assistance to companies and county governments. He has also served abroad as a Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassies in Seoul and Mexico City, where he worked on a variety of challenging issues, including U.S.-Korea pharmaceutical negotiations, telecommunications liberalization, intellectual property rights protection, data privacy, technology standards, U.S. education promotion, and information technology trade promotion.
While in Korea, Mr. Larson was a Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Chung-Ang University, where he taught a course on international negotiation.
Prior to joining the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service, Mr. Larson worked in the Department of Commerce as an International Trade Specialist in the Office of Information Technology and the Trade Information Center. Mr. Larson entered public service in 1995 as a Presidential Management Fellow.
Mr. Larson is a native of the State of Colorado, has two children, and is an avid long-distance hiker and fly fisherman. He received an MA in International Communication from The American University in Washington, DC in 1995 and a BA in International Affairs and Political Science from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1991.