Brooke D. Anderson

President, Pivotal Ventures


Ambassador Brooke D. Anderson is an experienced leader and an accomplished diplomat, negotiator and strategist.  She has served as a U.S. ambassador at the United Nations and as a senior advisor to U.S. Presidents, Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress, presidential candidates, philanthropists and business leaders. In her various roles, she has navigated high-stakes challenges, carried out sensitive diplomatic missions and achieved results on the most complex global and national issues.

Brooke is currently the President of Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company founded by Melinda Gates to advance social progress.

Brooke has served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and the Department of State’s International Security Advisory Board. In 2014, Brooke was a key member of the U.S. negotiating team as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State and the Under Secretary for Political Affairs on the Iran Nuclear Negotiations. From May-July 2015, she led a U.S. government team charged with developing the implementation plan for the agreement. Previously, she was Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff and Counselor for the White House National Security Council (NSC). In 2010, she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to represent the United States at the United Nations after having served as Chief of Staff and Counselor to UN Ambassador Susan Rice.

Brooke was founding Vice President for Communications at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) from 2001-2008 and co-director of the Nuclear Security Project, led by former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Senator Sam Nunn.

During the Clinton Administration, Brooke served on the NSC as Senior Director for Communications. Prior to that, she was Director for Public Affair for the US Department of Energy. She worked on Capitol Hill from 1991-1997.

Brooke graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Montana State University, where she has taught as a Visiting Professor.


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