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Lawrence Harrington

Mexico Institute, Advisory Board Member
Mexico Institute

Affiliation:
Chief Deputy Attorney General, State of Tennessee

Larry Harrington is Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Tennessee. In his former position as Chief Policy Deputy in Tennessee's Attorney General's office, Harrington worked on special projects and policy initiatives while overseeing legislative relations and communications strategies. Previously he served as the U.S. Executive Director at the Inter-American Development Bank from 1995 until December of 2001. During his tenure at the Bank, he played a leading role in Board initiatives in the areas of governance, anti-corruption, and private sector lending. He served as a Presidential appointee and was twice confirmed by the United States Senate. Mr. Harrington also served as U.S. Executive Director of the Inter-American Investment Corporation and represented the U.S. on the Donors Committee of the Multilateral Investment Fund, both of which promote private sector investment in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

He is a recipient of the United States Department of Treasury exceptional service award citing his leadership at the Bank and his advocacy for U.S. firms seeking new opportunities and investors facing problems in the region. In addition to his work in the private sector, he has led and participated in democracy and development programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. As a member of the Transition Team, he authored recommendations for the Clinton/Gore Administration on the Inter-American Development Bank, the Panama Canal Commission, and other regional institutions.  In 1994, he was appointed by the President to the Enterprise for the Americas Board. 

Mr. Harrington has served on the Board of Visitors of the Organization for Tropical Studies, headquartered at Duke University and San Jose, Costa Rica.  He held positions as legislative assistant and counsel to Vice President Al Gore in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.  He also worked for Sen. John Breaux as Political Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Immediately prior to his appointment, Mr. Harrington practiced law with the Washington, D.C. office of the New York firm of Hawkins, Delafield, & Wood.  Mr. Harrington earned his BA degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1974 and a Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt Law School in 1979. 

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