University of Illinois at Chicago
Brian Flora grew up as the son of a career military officer, living in eleven different States and Europe. He himself served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1972, including a tour of duty as an Infantry Officer in Vietnam. He graduated from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1968 and, following his military service, received a Doctorate in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
He joined the U.S. Department of State in 1976 and has become a multi-functional officer with a variety of career experiences. During his developmental years, with assignments in Washington and Europe (East and West), he performed as a consular officer, was detailed to Congress, did a tour with the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and was special assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium. He then served as Political Counselor at Embassy Bucharest during the Romanian Revolution, receiving a Valor Award for his service and stayed on to advice the new government as undertook its democratic reforms and began to forge closer relations with the West. During these assignments he developed his foreign language skills, which include French, German, Dutch, and Romanian.
Since entering the ranks of the Senior Foreign Service in 1994, he has twice served as Consul General (in Bern and Berlin) where he managed large multi-post consular operations, including during and in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack that resulted in major changes in visa law and procedures and protective services for American Citizens. Twice (in Bonn and Ottawa) he served as chief of the Embassy’s Political Section and Political Counselor to the Ambassador in countries that rank among our most important allies. His assignments coincided with major political shifts and policy reorientations in both countries that affected our bilateral relationships with them. He has on many occasions filled in as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires, including one five-month stint as Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland.
He served as Diplomat in Residence at the University of Illinois in Chicago where he represents the State Department and recruits for the Foreign Service in the upper Midwest.