Chief J. Robert "Rob" Brown, Jr., (Ret.) serves as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Strategy Officer of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and as Executive Vice President of the IAFC Global Public Safety Solutions where he heads the IAFC efforts in the Middle East. As a chief fire officer for over 25 years, Brown has been a member of the IAFC since 1987, and the IAFC/NFPA Metro Fire Chiefs since 2012. Brown joined the IAFC staff in 2015 after retiring from the fire service but left the IAFC in 2016 to serve as the first Chief Regional Coordinator of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Virginia in Northern Virginia and the National Capital Region (NCR). Brown returned to the IAFC staff in 2018 to oversee National and International programs.