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
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded bySteven Green
Succeeded byPatricia Herbold
Personal details
Born (1957-10-26) October 26, 1957 (age 61)
Political partyRepublican
Alma materGeorgetown University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Pennsylvania

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


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.[2]


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.[3][4]

From 2001 to 2005, Lavin served as the United States Ambassador to Singapore.[2]

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]

Since 2010, Lavin has served as CEO of Export Now, a company dedicated to helping consumer brands sell their products in China.[6]

In August 2016, Lavin endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Frank Lavin and his wife Ann (née Wortley) have been married since November 29, 1980.[8] They have three children.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Lavin, Frank, and Henry Kissinger. Home Front to Battlefront: An Ohio Teenager in World War II. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2017. <> ISBN 9780821445921


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