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Frank Aum

Senior Country Director for Korea United States Department of Defense


Frank Aum is the Senior Country Director for Korea in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. He manages the overall U.S. defense portfolio related to the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Previously he served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs and Special Counsel to the General Counsel at the Department of the Army. Prior to his political appointment, he worked as a corporate attorney on private equity and mergers & acquisitions at the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP. Frank also has extensive experience in the public and non-profit sectors. He completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Jeju Island, South Korea and worked as a speechwriter in the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In addition, he worked to strengthen the Koreatown community in Los Angeles at the city’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and the Korean American Coalition (KAC). He served on the national and DC-chapter boards of KAC. During the 2008 presidential elections, Frank interned in the policy department of the Obama for America national headquarters in Chicago and worked on operations and Asian American outreach in Los Angeles, CA and Austin, TX. Frank externed for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and received his B.A. in social psychology from Dartmouth College, his M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and his J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law. Frank is passionate about fried chicken, bossam, dimsum, maeuntang, pho, ramen and tacos al pastor.