Leadership

 

Annette Lantos, Chairman

Annette Lantos is the Chairman of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice. Annette, the wife of the late Congressman Tom Lantos, worked full-time in her husband's office throughout his nearly three decades in the U.S. House of Representatives. She served as the unpaid Executive Director of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, which Congressman Lantos co-founded. She has spearheaded numerous efforts to help human rights victims, including those persecuted for religious and political reasons, and to further human rights causes. She has also been instrumental in fighting for animal rights and assisted her husband in co-founding the Congressional Friends of Animals Caucus.

Annette is the distinguished founder of the International Free Wallenberg Committee, established in 1977 to raise awareness of Raoul Wallenberg's incredible humanitarian mission in Hungary during the Second World War. Her efforts to locate and free Wallenberg from the Soviet Union resulted in several interviews on national news programs such as CBS's 60 Minutes. She also spoke directly with President Jimmy Carter about Wallenberg's case. Although the Swedish humanitarian was never found, Annette and Congressman Lantos have been instrumental in honoring his legacy through numerous legislative initiatives.

 

Katrina Lantos Swett, President 

Katrina Lantos Swett, Ph.D, currently serves as Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). In March of 2012, she was appointed to USCIRF by Senator Harry Reid and Six months later was elected to serve as Chair. She served as Vice Chair for one year and in 2014 she was once again elected as Chair. Dr. Lantos Swett established the Lantos Foundation in 2008 to carry on the work of her father, the late Congressman Tom Lantos. In addition, she has taught Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy at Tufts University, a subject she also taught at the University of Southern Denmark during her husband’s tenure as US Ambassador to Denmark.  While living in Copenhagen, Katrina led a successful advocacy effort to convince the Danish government to take action against illicit trafficking of women and children through Denmark. 

Katrina currently serves on the Board of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, the International Advisory Board of UN Watch, the Budapest based Tom Lantos Institute, the Advisory Board of the annual Anne Frank award & lecture, the US Global Leadership Coalition’s New Hampshire Advisory Board, the Executive Advisory Board of the Iranian American Majority, and the Advisory Board of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Policy.

Lantos-Swett graduated from Yale University with a degree in Political Science.  She received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and later earned a PhD in history at The University of Southern Denmark.

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Annette Lantos
Chairman

Ambassador Richard Swett
Treasurer

Evelyn Szelenyi
Secretary

Eric Schnapper

Philip Friedman

Ambassador Danny Ayalon

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett
President, Ex-officio Non-voting Member

 

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Honorable Shimon Peres, Chair
Former President of Israel

Annette Lantos Tillemann-Dick, Co-Chair

Ambassador John Shattuck
President and Rector of Central European University

Bono
Musician/Activist, Co-founder of ONE and (RED)

Richard Gere
Founder and President, The Gere Foundation

Hon. John Broderick
Former Chief Justice, NH Supreme Court

Dr. Kay Atkinson King
Former Director, Office of Inter Parliamentary Affairs
US House of Representatives

Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker
Former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary

Ambassador Mark Palmer
2008-2013

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke
2008-2010

Dr. Elie Wiesel
2008-2016