Tristan Brown serves as the Acting Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Most recently, Brown served as Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator Gary Peters, handling issues before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Brown previously practiced law at Stinson LLP as well as Van Ness Feldman LLP in their Washington, D.C. offices, focusing on regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters relating to the transportation and public utilities sectors. He also previously served as Deputy Associate Administrator for Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to that, he served as an aide to U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar where he advised the Senator on matters related to energy, the environment, transportation, and Native American issues.
Brown earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Berkeley School of Law, a Master’s of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University where he was a Morris K. Udall Scholar and a member of USA Today’s All-Academic Team. Brown was born in rural Michigan and raised just outside Detroit. As a child he lived in New Hampshire where his father was an automotive manager and previously served as a deputy sheriff. His mother was a social worker and service employees union representative.