The year 2014 is particularly significant for Poland. Twenty-five years ago, the first democratic elections took place on June 4, 1989 resulting in an overwhelming victory of the “Solidarity” movement. This marked the end of the Communist regime and the transition to democracy in Poland and Europe. This year, Poland is also observing the 15th anniversary of joining NATO and the 10th anniversary of joining the European Union. Today, Poland is becoming an increasingly important political and economic player in Europe, and is establishing its place on the geopolitical map of the world.
Mariusz Brymora was nominated as the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles in 2013. Previously, he served as the Polish Consul in Chicago and the public affairs councillor of the Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C. He has also worked as the deputy director of the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw.
He is an experienced diplomat, an educator and author well qualified to address current issues in Poland as well as the Polish-American relations.
Mariusz M. Brymora was appointed Consul General of Poland in Los Angeles on September 7, 2013.
Before coming to California, he worked as the Deputy Director of the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he supervised the promotional activity of Polish diplomatic missions, including twenty three Polish institutes. Earlier, he had served as the Polish Consul in Chicago (1999 – 2003) and as Public Affairs Councilor of the Embassy of Poland in Washington D.C. (2005 – 2009). From 1994 until 1998 he served as a councilman and deputy mayor of his hometown Radom, Poland.
In 2002, Brymora received Polonus award in the contest organized by the radio station Wietrzne Radio for most influential people of the Polish community in Chicago. In 2003, he was awarded Golden Link Award by Polish American Association for outstanding service to Polonia, and the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution in 2008.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked as an academic teacher and an English translator. His literary translations include two short stories by Bernard Malamud published by Wydawnictwo Literackie in Kraków in 1989. He is the co-author and editor of 400 Years of Polish Immigrants in America and author of a short history of The Embassy of Poland in Washington DC, published in 2009. While at the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw, he supervised the screenplay and production of Polska?Tak! (Poland? Yes!) – a short documentary on Poland’s image as seen through the eyes of the world’s celebrities.
Consul Brymora is a graduate of Maria Skłodowska-Curie University in Lublin, with a degree in English, and a holder of postgraduate diplomas in British Culture and History from Warsaw University and Ruskin College, Oxford (England).