Nancy B. Brannaman

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Nancy B. Brannaman
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M.S. Agricultural Economics/Finance

Nancy B. Brannaman

Nancy is an accomplished business manager and mentor who has worked in nine countries and Iowa in financial management, human resources, logistics, contracting, marketing, financial analysis, and general management. Nancy recently completed a successful career with the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer specializing in management. She and her husband, John, have returned to Ames, Iowa. 

With an unconventional background for the Foreign Service, Nancy didn’t set her sights on becoming a Foreign Service Officer until later in her career. After working with her husband, John (B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science, ISU), on agricultural development projects for the State of Iowa and Land ‘O Lakes in rural Ukraine and Russia for three years following the breakup of the Soviet Union, they decided they liked working overseas. Nancy credits home schooling their daughter while living overseas with helping her to pass the Foreign Service Exam. That refresher in U.S. history and the constitution paid off! 

Nancy joined the Foreign Service in 2000 and has served as a Consular Officer in Kyiv, Ukraine; Supervisory General Services Officer in Baku, Azerbaijan; HR and Financial Management Officer in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; and Management, HR and Financial Management Officer in Tirana, Albania. She has worked in post management and as Deputy Budget Officer in the Executive Office for the Bureaus of European Affairs and International Organizations (EUR-IO/EX). Following that assignment, Nancy worked in Global Financial Management Systems as a project manager for a new planning and budgeting system for the State Department. In addition, Nancy worked as a Financial Management Officer in the ICASS Service Center in Washington, DC. ICASS is the International Cooperative Administrative Support Service that distributes costs to all federal agencies for management services provided in embassies by the State Department. The ICASS Service Center manages the $2.5 billion working capital fund, establishes management policies, develops budgeting software and provides training to finance staff around the world. Nancy finished her career as the first State Department Management Officer in the U.S. Embassy in Juba, South Sudan. She established the management section and set up management systems to provide accounting, vouchering, budgeting, personnel management, contracting, cashiering, travel, and inventory control services for the State Department and other agencies in the embassy. Embassy Juba is the second newest embassy in the world (Embassy Havana is the newest), in one of the least developed countries in the world. 

John Brannaman is a retired Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development. He worked in agricultural and economic development and food aid during his foreign service career. John and Nancy successfully managed tandem assignments together during their FS career. Nancy learned Russian in Ukraine and Russia and studied Russian seven months in intensive language training at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA. She studied Albanian intensively in Albania for eight months. Nancy and John are continuing to work on a part time basis for the State Department and USAID, respectively.

A third generation Iowa Stater, Nancy follows her grandfather, a 1921 graduate in Farm Management, and her father, a 1951 graduate in Agricultural Engineering. After graduation from ISU (B.S. Agricultural Business/Farm Operation, M.S. Agricultural Economics/Finance), Nancy worked for Iowa State University Extension Service as an Area Management Specialist in East Central Iowa. She is a recipient of Iowa State University’s Outstanding Young Alumna Award, Outstanding Agribusiness Alumna Award, and Iowa State University Extension Service New Professional Award. Nancy is a member of Cardinal Key and received the William G. Murray Award for Outstanding Senior in Agricultural Business. 

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