Frank Lavin

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Frank Lavin
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United States Ambassador to Singapore
In office
September 10, 2001 – October 11, 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Steven Green
Succeeded by Patricia Herbold
Personal details
Born (1957-10-26) October 26, 1957 (age 59)
Political party Republican
Alma mater Georgetown University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Pennsylvania

Franklin L. "Frank" Lavin, born October 26, 1957) is a former Republican White House aide who was the political director for Ronald Reagan between 1987–1989, United States Diplomat, and bank executive.[1]

As Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Lavin headed the International Trade Administration for the United States Department of Commerce from 2005 until 2007.[2][3]

From 2001 to 2005, Lavin served as the United States Ambassador to Singapore.[4]

A 2005 report by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of State praised Lavin's leadership in this position, calling him "a strong leader with a high degree of intellectual curiosity who wants to be kept well-briefed by all agencies, and yet lets people do their jobs without micromanaging".[5]

Under Secretary Lavin earned a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; a M.S. in Chinese language from Georgetown University; a M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University; and a M.B.A. in Finance at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.[4]

Frank Lavin and his wife Ann (née Wortley) have been married since November 29, 1980.[6] They have three children.

Since 2010, Lavin has served as CEO of Export Now, a company dedicated to helping consumer brands sell their products in China.[7]

In August 2016, Lavin endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.[8]


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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Steven Green
United States Ambassador to Singapore
Succeeded by
Patricia Herbold