At a Glance
• Member, McLarty Associates’ Board of Counselors
• Former Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade
• Served as Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the Department of Transportation
• Expert in international negotiation strategy and conflict management
Francisco Sánchez joined McLarty Associates’ Board of Counselors after serving for nearly four years as Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade. He brings extensive experience in the field of international commerce, after a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors.
Mr. Sánchez was nominated by President Barack Obama as Undersecretary for International Trade in 2009 and served in the Department of Commerce until November 2013. He previously held several senior postings in the Clinton Administration, including as Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the US Department of Transportation and in the White House as Special Assistant to President Clinton and Chief of Staff to the Special Envoy to the Americas.
In addition to his public service, Mr. Sánchez spent more than 15 years working with several leading consulting companies on projects involving negotiation strategy and training, most recently as a partner with CMPartners. Among his private-sector achievements, Mr. Sánchez served as a consultant to the President of Ecuador in negotiations that led to the resolution of a long-running border dispute with Peru.
Mr. Sánchez served on the board of directors for the Overseas Private Investment (OPIC) and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine and one of the top Hispanics nationwide by Poder Magazine, and is a member of the National Hall of Fame for the Boys and Girls Club of America. Mr. Sánchez is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Point Light Award and the Governor’s Point of Light Award for Outstanding Community Service.
A native of Florida, Mr. Sánchez obtained his BA and JD from Florida State University. He also received a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.