Mark N. Brown, B.S., M.B.A., M.S.S., Principal Deputy Coordinator
As the Principal Deputy Coordinator of the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy, Mark N. Brown is responsible for the daily oversight, management, and implementation of the $6 billion U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which operates in 63 countries.
In this role, Brown supervises the PEPFAR executive leadership team and leads the Deputy Principal Steering Committee comprising representatives of the seven federal agencies that implement the PEPFAR program. In addition, he ensures that Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and the administration are kept informed on program results. He also acts on behalf of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator in her absence.
Previously, Brown served as the Deputy Coordinator for Finance, Accountability and Oversight (FAO) and before that, as the Director of Management and Budget at PEPFAR. As the FAO Director, he led the offices of HIV Strategic Information, Management and Budget, and Oversight and Accountability. Prior to joining PEPFAR, Brown was selected for the U.S. Army’s prestigious residency-based leadership development program at the U.S. Army War College in recognition of his exceptional past performance and future leadership potential. For a year, Brown developed senior leadership competencies and gained an expert understanding of "whole-of-government" approach to solving U.S. national security issues.
Brown was the Director of Business Processes in the Office of Financial Management at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2005 to 2009. During his tenure at CMS, he led efforts to develop an agency-wide, dual-entry financial accounting system called Healthcare Integrated General Ledger Accounting System (HIGLAS). At the time, HIGLAS was the United States government’s largest and most complex implementation of the Oracle Federal Financials module. In recognition of his superior technical knowledge and project management expertise, Brown received the Administrator’s Achievement Award.
Throughout his career, Brown has continued his service in the U.S. Army as an Officer in the Maryland Army National Guard. From September 2011 to March 2014, he served as Brigade Commander of the Regional Training Institute, where he was responsible for all professional training and oversaw the Officer Candidate School, Military Occupational Specialty conversion training, and other National Guard Bureau training in the northeast region of the United States. In 2015, Brown received the Legion of Merit Award, the Army’s sixth-highest honor, for his exceptional leadership as Brigade Commander.
Brown has a Bachelor of Science in finance and accounting from Towson University, a Master of Business Administration in financial management and Information Technology from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.