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Commerce Department

Francisco Sanchez, Undersecretary, International Trade


(Chet Susslin)

Sanchez helps businesses unlock global markets. As undersecretary for international trade, he leads 2,400 employees in more than 70 countries who help U.S. businesses sell more goods and services overseas, ensure trade laws are enforced, and promote more foreign direct investment in the United States. Sanchez, 53, brings a mix of public- and private-sector experience to the job. He worked in the administrations of then-Florida Gov. Bob Graham and President Clinton. In the Clinton administration, Sanchez was chief of staff to the special envoy to the Americas and assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs at the Transportation Department. In the private sector, he worked for the consulting firm CMI International Group and cofounded NorthStar Bank. Since Sanchez began at Commerce in 2010, U.S. exports have reached all-time highs in 2011 and 2012. Last year, exports hit a record $2.2 trillion, supporting nearly 10 million American jobs, he said. "I hope that I am remembered for my efforts to bring countries closer together through commerce, and that by doing so, I helped to create new economic opportunities both at home and abroad," he said. Sanchez earned his undergraduate and law degrees at Florida State University and a master's in public administration at Harvard University. He got a taste for public service early, watching his mother, who was active in the community, bring the Head Start program to his hometown of Tampa, Fla.

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