Chris LaVine

Chris LaVine, Policy Director

Chris brings over 15 years of national security experience from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense and the private sector to the USGLC. Chris began his government career at the State Department, serving as Special Assistant to the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and continuing his work as Senior Advisor in the Department’s European Affairs bureau navigating counter-ISIS operations.  As a Senior Foreign Affairs Officer at State, Chris co-founded the Native Americans in Foreign Affairs affiliate group as part of the Department’s DEI initiative and helped establish Office of Data Analytics for the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. In 2018, he resumed his public service career with USINDOPACOM, augmenting partnerships with Asia-Pacific partners while promoting economic development, and most recently served as federal relations lead for the White House and State Department at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Chris earned his undergraduate degree in history from the State University of New York at Albany and his master’s degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.