Rebecca Brown BA '84

Rebecca Brown Thompson BA ’84


Rebecca Brown Thompson BA ’84 (formerly known as Becky Brown) retired from the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Officer corps in 2020, after a 28-year career that took her—and her husband and fellow retired FSO, Philip Thompson—mostly to East Asia and Latin America. The Thompsons now reside in Philip’s hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Rebecca continues to promote educational and cultural exchanges—work she loved during her foreign service career—through volunteer work with international students and scholars at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and participation in Lewis & Clark’s Global Advisory Board, among other activities. Rebecca and Philip are also active in open-space conservation efforts to preserve the natural beauty of the Ozark mountains and other places.


Rebecca Brown Thompson BA ’84 now serves as counselor for public affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela. Before leaving her previous post in Mexico City, she had the pleasure of attending the Lewis & Clark graduation of her nephew, Colin Brown BA ’17. Thompson and her husband, retired foreign service officer Philip Thompson, have two cats.