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 is co-author with Shannon Kellman of the Foreign Policy article, “In Fragile States, Disease Outbreaks Don’t Stay Local for Long.”
He has recently become a regular on Mornings with Carmen LaBerge, heard live Monday-Friday, 7-9 a.m. nationwide on The Faith Radio Network. His most recent episode, “The valley of the shadow of death: a choice between two futures,” covers the global struggle against HIV/AIDS.
He received his Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, and A.B. from Harvard University.
Ambassador Lagon has spoken at Trinity Forum Evening Conversations on topics such as international development and human trafficking:
- In Fragile States, Disease Outbreaks Don’t Stay Local for Long (2019)
- Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions (2014)
- The Reagan Doctrine: Sources of American Conduct in the Cold War’s Last Chapter (1994)
- Why Inclusion Is Important for U.S. Foreign Policy (Foreign Policy)
- Revitalizing Human Trafficking Policy Twenty Years In (Council on Foreign Relations)