Global Situation Room: Situation Report

Former US Ambassadors weighed in on the current administration priorities ahead of the UN General Assembly Meeting. Read more here. The full results can be viewed here.



- A Global Network

- Partnerships and Trade Missions

- International Conferences

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- Public Engagement

- Media Relations

- Corporate Social Responsibility

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- Crisis Response

- Crisis Audit 

- Counter-Crisis Measures 

GSR in brief

The Global Situation Room, Inc. ® (GSR) is a consulting firm built on the experience of former American ambassadors and senior government officials. Our team provides a range of international public affairs services — communications, strategic analysis, crisis management and preparation, connections and navigation of global leadership.  Additionally, our services include full-service training and conference services and access to unique, one-of-a-kind events in prestigious locations with world-renowned experts. Partnering with GSR means joining a network with contacts that includes global influencers, former presidential advisers, government experts, diplomats, entrepreneurs and senior business leaders.  GSR is proudly a women-owned firm. 


Our Team


Brett Bruen, PRESIDENT

Brett Bruen is a former U.S. Diplomat who served as Director of Global Engagement at the White House.  Brett is a specialist in using strategic communications to influence the course of crisis and conflict. Bruen created some of the government’s most innovative international programs for reaching new audiences around the world.  Brett also unified public and private entrepreneurship programs for the first time under one banner, as part of President Obama's Spark Global Entrepreneurship initiative. Bruen served in the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Iraq, Venezuela, Argentina, Zambia, and Eritrea. He serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Federal Executive Institute, where he trains senior U.S. Government leaders on strategy and world affairs. Bruen founded GSR with a vision to democratize internationalization and give every business and organization the tools to navigate in foreign markets. 

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Johanna Maska, CEO

Johanna Maska is a marketing expert and executive who previously served President Barack Obama for more than eight years, serving as Director of Press Advance in the White House and playing a critical role on two successful presidential campaigns. At the White House, Johanna served as guarantor of President Obama’s brand on a global stage, ensuring a consistency of message across every continent, whether that was a first-ever live address to the nation from Afghanistan or a multi-country town hall from South Africa. Maska has arranged presidential events in 40 countries and almost every state and is an expert in visual marketing, strategic communications and event production. Since leaving the White House in 2015, Maska has worked with media companies, technology firms and non-profit causes applying her unique touch to projects across business sectors.


Nieves Perez, COO

Nieves Perez is a journalist, communicator, global operations expert. She worked as Executive Producer of the world affairs program “International Compass,” which aired daily on television and radio in Venezuela.  She traveled as a journalist to Spain, France, Belgium, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, South Korea, and the United States.  She has lived on four continents and speaks Spanish, English, as well as French. Nieves is currently finishing her dissertation for a PhD in international relations from the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain.

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Adrienne Palmer, E3 Director

Adrienne Palmer leads GSR's Global E3 Conference Series [Entrepreneurship Export Exchange]. Palmer, an entrepreneur herself, founded Insite Interactive in 1998, and served as President and CEO for nearly 19 years. Palmer has been an active member of Entrepreneurs' Organization since 2000 and served on the Global Board of Directors from 2013-2016.  Palmer also collaborates frequented with the US DOS on international leadership exchange programs, and was a Founding Co-Chair of the Spark Global Entrepreneurship initiative. In her role with GSR, Palmer directs E3 conferences helping small and medium sized businesses tap into information, people and press that will help them engage wide markets. 




Ambassador (ret.) Kenneth S. Yalowitz

Ambassador Yalowitz serves as Director of the Conflict Resolution MA Program at Georgetown University and serves as a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. He is an adjunct professor of government at the Stanford University in Washington Program.

He served twice as a U.S. ambassador: to the Republic of Belarus from 1994-1997; and to Georgia from 1998-2001. Other overseas assignments included Moscow (twice), The Hague and the US Mission to NATO in Brussels.  In 1984, Ambassador Yalowitz received a superior honor award for crisis management in the shootdown of KAL-007. He was chosen for the Ambassador Robert Frasure award for peacemaking and conflict prevention in 2000 for his work to prevent the spillover of the Chechen war into Georgia.

In 2009, he was invited to join the American Academy of Diplomacy and in 2011 he was elected to membership in the Council on Foreign Relations. He has authored or co-authored op eds and articles in publications such as the International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, New York Times , Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The National Interest, and Reuters

Ambassador Yalowitz completed his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin and holds a Russian Institute Certificate, MA and Master of Philosophy degree from Columbia University.


Ambassador (ret.) Patricia Moller

Ambassador Moller served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea from 2009 to 2012. She also served as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi from 2006 to 2009 as well as Charge d’affaires at the U.S. embassies for the Kingdom of Morocco and Romania.  

Patricia N. Moller joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer in April 1987, following 10 years as an investment banker and tax shelter specialist with Smith Barney. Her first assignment was to the consular section, in Munich. From 1989 – 1991, she served in Consulate General Madras, India, as the Management Officer. From 1991-1996 she worked in Washington at the Department, first as a Watch Officer, then as Staff Aide to the Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research, and finally for 2 years as Vietnam Desk Officer during bilateral negotiations to reestablish diplomatic relations between the two countries. Following Serbian-language training, she served in Embassy Belgrade as Management Officer.  

After drawing down Belgrade’s staff three times, she, along with the Ambassador and other remaining Embassy officials, boarded a Navy jet the morning of April 24, 1999 to depart Yugoslavia. NATO bombing began that night.  From 2000-2002, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Yerevan, Armenia. Her posting to Georgia began in August, 2002, when she traveled to Tbilisi to begin 3 years as Deputy Chief of Mission to Ambassador Richard Miles.

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Ambassador (ret.) John A. Simon

John A. Simon is a founder and Managing Partner of Total Impact Capital (TOTAL), a merchant bank for the impact investing sector. Ambassador Simon was a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development, where he co-authored More than Money, a report on impact investing as a development tool. Previously, Ambassador Simon held a variety of posts in the US federal government, including serving most recently as the United States Ambassador to the African Union and the Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Ambassador Simon also served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Relief, Stabilization, and Development for the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House, the first to hold this post. 


Ambassador (ret.) Aubrey Hooks

Ambassador Hooks spent 36 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He was appointed American ambassador to the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Ivory Coast. He also served in U.S. embassies in Israel, Poland, Turkey, Haiti, Central African Republic, and Zimbabwe. He is currently a consultant on investment in Africa. He speaks fluent French. He graduated from the University of South Carolina and received a Masters from the University of Michigan.


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