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Brendan C. O'Hearn '91

Brendan C. O'Hearn

Embassy of the United States, Japan

Customs and Border Protection Attache

Mr. Brendan C. O'Hearn has served as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Attaché in Japan since July 2013.  In this position, he manages a broad range of customs and immigration issues.

Before coming to Japan, Mr. O'Hearn served as the Director of International Organizations and Agreements within the Office of International Affairs.  In this position he was responsible for international policy development for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  Mr. O'Hearn directed CBP's engagement in multilateral organizations (such as the World Customs Organization, APEC, INTERPOL and the G-8 etc.) and managed the negotiation of CBP's international cooperation and information sharing instruments.  

After serving for three years as the Vice Chair, Mr. O'Hearn served as the World Customs Organization's (WCO) Finance Committee Chair from 2012-2014 where he oversaw the development, execution and policy aspects of the organization's €16-million annual budget and about €12 million in voluntary contributions.  

In 2004 and 2005, Mr. O'Hearn led the CBP team that wrote and negotiated the WCO Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade.  During the United States' APEC 2011 host year, he was Chair of the APEC Subcommittee on Customs Procedures, which actively pursues the establishment of Authorized Economic Operator Programs, Trade Resumption Protocols, Import Safety Operations and Single Window Development in the APEC region.   

Mr. O'Hearn started his public service career with the U.S. Customs Service in 1995 as an Import Specialist at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of the Pacific and completed graduate work in the field of secondary education at Dowling University's Graduate School.  In 2012, Mr. O'Hearn was awarded a Senior Executive Fellows Program certificate of completion from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.