Mark P. Lagon Senior Fellow

Mark P. Lagon is a specialist and practitioner on global institutions, global health, human rights, and human trafficking.  He is Chief Policy Officer at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria—where he coordinates the non-profit’s Administration and congressional outreach, policy advocacy and coalition management, and research content.  Ambassador Lagon is also an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program.

In the NGO world, he served as President of Freedom House.  Previously, he was Executive Director and CEO of the leading anti-human trafficking nonprofit, Polaris.

In the Executive Branch, he served in three successive roles at the Department of State: member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff; Deputy Assistant Secretary of International Organization Affairs; and finally Ambassador-at-Large directing the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Earlier on Capitol Hill, he was senior staffer at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee responsible for international organizations and human rights; and served as deputy director at the House Republican Policy Committee.

He is co-editor with Anthony Clark Arend of the 2014 book, Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions and author of the book, The Reagan Doctrine: Sources of American Conduct in the Cold War’s Last Chapter.

He received his Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, and A.B. from Harvard University.

Speaker’s Bureau

Through the Trinity Forum Speakers Bureau, Ambassador Lagon is available to speak on such topics as international development and faith, human trafficking, and more!

To inquire into the availability of Mark Lagon for your upcoming event, email

Selected Publications

Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions (2014)

The Reagan Doctrine: Sources of American Conduct in the Cold War’s Last Chapter  (1994)