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Jennifer Fowler, Preston Golson, and Maren Brooks join Brunswick Group in Washington, D.C.

Brunswick is pleased to announce that Jennifer Fowler, Preston Golson, and Maren Brooks have joined as Directors in Brunswick Group’s D.C. office.

Brunswick Group, a global advisory firm, announced today that Jennifer Fowler, Preston Golson, and Maren Brooks have joined as Directors in the Washington, D.C. office.

Jennifer joins Brunswick following a 17-year career at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she was most recently deputy assistant secretary for terrorist financing and financial crimes. In addition, Jennifer served last year as the vice president of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global standard-setting body for anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism.

In her roles at Treasury, Jennifer developed and led the implementation of counter-illicit finance strategies and policies. She has extensive expertise in the design and implementation of economic sanctions as well as the U.S. and international regulatory frameworks for anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing.

Over the past 17 years, Preston has served in a variety of national security positions, including as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and an aide to the first two U.S. directors of national intelligence. He was most recently chief of communications for the CIA’s Directorate of Digital Innovation.

Prior to his time at the Directorate of Digital Innovation, Preston served as a spokesperson for the CIA and chief of the public communication branch for the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs. During his tenure at the Agency, Preston helped the CIA navigate through multiple external crises as well as an internal modernization effort. He also helped drive CIA communications surrounding its diversity and inclusion initiatives during the tenure of Director John Brennan.

Maren joins Brunswick from a distinguished 20-year career in the federal government where she most recently served as Senior Director of the White House Situation Room. Previously, Maren served as senior advisor to the director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) and oversaw assessments of U.S. counterterrorism strategies. Maren also worked in the U.S. Department of State for 11 years, including a two-year assignment to the National Security Council’s Office of Combating Terrorism during the Bush administration. 

“Brunswick strongly values the expertise of highly respected former senior government officials, who can offer unparalleled insights for clients on public affairs matters, crises, financial situations, and emerging geopolitical risks,” said Brunswick Partner and D.C. Office Head George Little. “These powerful additions to the Brunswick team will help our clients more successfully navigate the dynamic ways government interacts with the private sector, increasingly complex challenges in the world economy, and ever-changing global political landscape.”

Brunswick Group’s Washington, D.C. office is home to many of the firm’s specialist offers including public affairs, cybersecurity and privacy, digital, and Insight. The office also provides senior counsel to global companies in healthcare, energy, and finance.

 

About Jennifer Fowler

Jennifer joins Brunswick from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she served in a variety of positions focusing on counter-illicit finance issues and most recently as deputy assistant secretary for terrorist financing and financial crimes. Her previous roles at the Treasury Department included serving as a senior advisor to the under-secretary of the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence; an analyst in the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); and a Treasury liaison to the U.S. European Command. Jennifer served last year as the vice president of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global standard-setter for anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT).

Prior to joining the Treasury Department in 2001, Jennifer served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali. She holds a master’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in politics and French from Wake Forest University. Jennifer has also taught as an adjunct professor in Georgetown University’s security studies program.

About Preston Golson

Preston has served in a variety of national security positions as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and an aide to the first two U.S. directors of national intelligence. Preston has also served as a CIA spokesperson, chief of the public communications branch for the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs, and most recently as chief of communications for the Agency’s Directorate of Digital Innovation. Preston also oversaw the CIA’s public social media platforms and has presented on social media strategy at conferences.

Preston holds a master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University. He returned to Harvard between 2013 and 2014 as a National Security Fellow and Belfer Center Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

About Maren Brooks

Maren joins Brunswick from the White House, where she most recently served as senior director of the White House Situation Room. In prior roles, she was senior advisor to the director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) and led the Center’s Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning, an entity that developed government plans to defeat ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other terrorist groups. Maren was previously at the U.S. Department of State and served as senior adviser to the undersecretary for political affairs. The State Department also seconded her to the National Security Council’s Office of Combating Terrorism during the Bush administration.

Early in her career, Maren was an analyst in the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from American University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill.