Visiting policy practitioners

Carolyn Brehm

At Ford School, Carolyn Brehm co-taught a course with Richard Boucher (ret.) Exercising Influence: Corporate, Governmental, and NGO Diplomacy.

Carolyn Brehm is a corporate executive with more than 40 years of experience in global government relations, public policy and international business development. She has worked at two Fortune 100 companies and several non-profits and business associations over the course of her career in Washington, DC and Asia. She is the Founder and CEO of consulting firm Brehm Global Ventures LLC.

Ms. Brehm retired in 2017 from The Procter & Gamble Company as Vice President for Global Government Relations and Public Policy where she created and led P&G’s team of sixty government relations practitioners based in key markets across the globe. She was responsible for public policy and legislative advocacy to protect and grow P&G’s business, advising four
company Chairmen and CEOs over her seventeen years at P&G. She also oversaw a $24 million P&G Fund supporting citizenship initiatives in the communities where P&G operates.

During a 13-year stint with General Motors Corporation, Ms. Brehm served as Director of International Trade and Investment Policy, as GM’s chief international lobbyist in Washington. During two overseas assignments with GM, she established an office in Shanghai in 1984 to conduct countertrade deals and returned to the region in 1996 as Director of Asia-Pacific Trade
Policies and Strategy, supporting joint venture projects.

Ms. Brehm serves on the board of global health NGO Population Services International (PSI) where she chairs the Audit and Risk Committee, READ Global, and on the Board of Advisors of Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. She is a regular lecturer at the Washington Campus program for EMBA and MBA candidates as well as co-teacher of a political risk class at Georgetown’s Masters in Foreign Service School.


Educational background

Ms. Brehm is a 1977 graduate of Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service with a
concentration in Asian Studies. She completed an MBA in International Business at the
University of New Haven’s program at Cyprus College, Nicosia in 1996. She was an AFS
International exchange student in Mumbai, India in 1972. Carolyn speaks Mandarin and has
studied French.