Bradley A. Freden

ACE Committee

Interim Permanent Representative of the United States

U.S. Department of State

Permanent Mission of the United States to the Organization of American States


Brad Freden is the Interim Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization of American States located in Washington, DC. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as Director of the Office of Eastern European Affairs (2018-2020) and Director of the Office of Caribbean Affairs (2016-2018). Overseas assignments include Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he was Chargé d’Affaires ad interim for 18 months; and DCM in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he was Chargé for nearly two years. He also served as Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs in Sofia, Bulgaria; Political-Military Affairs Officer in Prague, Czech Republic; Political Officer in Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Vice Consul in Merida, Mexico.In Washington, Mr. Freden served previously in the State Department Operations Center as a Watch Officer and Senior Watch Officer; and in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where he worked on post-Cold War NATO enlargement. He was the State Department Faculty Advisor at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he taught a core course for field-grade officers on the relationship between strategy and policy. Mr. Freden received his commission as a Foreign Service Officer in 1990 and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 2012. He has an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, an M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a BSFS in International Politics from Georgetown University.Prior to attending college, Mr. Freden served as a paramedic in the U.S. Air Force. After completing Basic Freefall Parachute training at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, he jumped from helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft at altitudes of up to 15,000 feet. Mr. Freden was born in Walnut Creek, California. His wife, Piedad, is a bacteriologist by training. They have two teenage children.

Nicole Griensewic

Executive Director

Region Nine Development Commission in Minnesota


Griensewic has served as Executive Director of Region Nine Development Commission since 2012. As executive director, Griensewic has made it a priority to foster collaboration and engagement by sharing Region Nine’s story both regionally and globally. Griensewic is an active board and committee member for multiple organizations throughout Minnesota. Griensewic is the immediate past President of the Greater Minnesota Partnership, and is the first female to chair the Executive Committee for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies, where she served as chair of the Governance Committee. Griensewic also served as secretary of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota’s Governing Board of Directors and chaired the Governance Committee and currently serves as an advisory board member for South Central College’s Center for Agriculture. She serves on the executive committee for the MACS Board, Minnesotans for the American Community Survey Board of Directors and represents the Midwest on the National Assoc. of Development Orgs.’s (NADO) Board of Directors.

Griensewic is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has completed course work through Harvard’s Kennedy School’s Executive Education. She received the 2017 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Her professional background includes extensive private sector and non-profit leadership experience.