Brad Simmons currently serves as an Asia Energy Officer in the Energy Diplomacy pillar of the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) at the U.S. Department of State. In this capacity, Brad is responsible for the bureau’s energy diplomacy efforts in maritime Southeast Asia, including Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Timor-Leste and cross-regional and multilateral organizations such as APEC, ASEAN, and EAS. In this role, he focuses on promoting U.S. interests to ensure energy resources are used to increase economic opportunity, stability, sustainability, and prosperity around the world. Brad entered the bureau as a member of the 2013 class of Presidential Management Fellows; he completed his fellowship in August 2015. Brad also bears responsibility for energy sanctions policy for North Korea.
Prior to joining the State Department, Brad has spent time working for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the International Trade Administration at the Department of Commerce, and for the White House Advance Office. Brad completed a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where he focused on the intersection of U.S. foreign policy and international energy security. He holds a B.A. in History and International Affairs from Emory University.