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Who is Brian Frydenborg?
Brian Frydenborg a unique and talented freelancer with a background and/or experience in writing, journalism, research, humanitarian aid/relief, international development, international affairs, government, public policy, and consulting. After over 7 years in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area he relocated to Amman, Jordan, in February 2014.
Brian grew up in in a suburb of New York City called Weston, Connecticut, and attended the Canterbury School in New Milford, CT, where he especially developed his leadership and teamwork skills. In particular, he honed his mental toughness as a wrestler, cross-country runner, and as a leader in the student government.
As an undergraduate at Washington and Lee University, he engaged in a rigorous double major program of Politics and History. His main abroad experience in college was in Japan, but he also had other experiences in Cuba and Europe. The summer of his junior year he held an internship at the Massachusetts State House while holding down two other jobs. Upon graduation, he volunteered for several political campaigns in Boston, including the 2004 Democratic National Convention, where a chance meeting with then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., and his Chief-of-Staff eventually led to an internship in the Senator's Washington, DC, office in late 2006.
After doing substantive work in the United States Senate while just an intern, and after some time in the private sector, he began his graduate studies at George Mason University's School of Public Policy. While also working part-time, he completed his Master of Science (M.S.) in Peace Operations, with his program defining a peace operation “as an intervention into a complex contingency [due to conflict and/or natural disaster] for the purpose of maintaining or restoring peace.” The completion of his degree included studying abroad in Liberia—evaluating the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)—and also included studying abroad in Israel and the West Bank, examining the conflict there.
Since a temporary research position with Edelman Berland, the research division of Edelman, which is the world's largest public relations firm, he he has been freelancing freelancing, a role in which he has had well over 150 articles published since late 2013 by a variety of outlets, including The Jerusalem Post, The Jordan Times, Business Insider, the Russian International Affairs Council, Mic.com, MoviePilot, the Iranian Student News Agency, and War Is Boring/Medium (also cited in Harvard Law & Policy Review and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty). As an example of his ability to generate readership and engagement, his three top-performing from among those he self-posted on LinkedIn Pulse generated well over 100,000 between them. Apart from his article writing, one of his contracts was for a major USAID project in Jordan, and he has assisted a variety of clients on anything from editing and applications to creating corporate policy manuals and website content.
He has even been a number of film and television projects as he continues to expand and deepen his range as a professional.
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