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Bridget Brink biography: 13 things about diplomat born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Bridget Anne Brink is a diplomat born in East Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan to John Brink and Gwen Brink. Bridget speaks English, French, Georgia, Russian and Serbian.

John and Gwen have another daughter named Joanna Brink. John is married to Judy Brink.

Bridget and her husband Nicholas Higgins ghave two children together namely Jack Higgins and Cole Higgins. Here are 13 more things about her:

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  1. In 1991, she graduated from Kenyon College in Gambrier, Ohio, USA with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She later earned her master’s degrees in international relations and political theory from the London School of Economics in London, England, United Kingdom.
  2. In 1993, she and Nicholas got married.
  3. In 1996, she joined the U.S. Department of State (DOS).
  4. From 1997 to 1999, she served as a consular political officer in the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia.
  5. From 1999 to 2002, she served as a desk officer in Cyprus. From 2002 to 2004, she served as a special assistant for Europe to the DOS under secretary of state for political affairs.
  6. From 2008 to 2009, she served in the DOS as the deputy director for Southern European Affairs.
  7. From 2009 to 2010, she served as the director for the Aegean and the South Caucasus at the National Security Council
  8. From 2011 to 2014, she served as the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia.
  9. From 2014 to 2015, she was deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
  10. From 2015 to 2018, she served as deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the DOS.
  11. Nominated by 45th U.S. president Donald Trump to become the U.S. ambassador to Slovakia, she was confirmed by the entire U.S. Senate via voice vote on May 23, 2019.
  12. In 2020, she told Kenyon College, “My job requires me to change countries, colleagues and issues every few years. It’s a lot of fun but also requires being organized, flexible and strategic in order to focus on the priority issues.”
  13. On April 25, 2022, 46th U.S. president Joe Biden nominated her to become the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. On May 18, 2022, the U.S. Senate confirmed her as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
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