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Brian Hook

Director of Policy Planning, US Department of State

Brian Hook is the founder of Latitude, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Washington, DC. He is a co-founder of the John Hay Initiative, which published Choosing to Lead in 2015.  

Mr. Hook served on the Romney campaign staff as Senior Advisor on Foreign Policy. He also chaired the foreign policy and national security task forces of the Romney Readiness Project. From 2010-2011, he was the foreign policy director of Governor Tim Pawlenty’s presidential campaign.  

Mr. Hook held a number of senior positions in the Bush Administration, including Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations; Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Special Assistant to the President for Policy in the White House Chief of Staff’s office; and Counsel, Office of Legal Policy, at the Justice Department.  

He practiced corporate law at Hogan & Hartson in Washington from 1999-2003. Before practicing law, he served as an advisor to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and to U.S. Congressman Jim Leach.