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Katrina Lantos Swett, Ph.D

President and Chief Executive Officer
Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

Katrina Lantos Swett, Ph.D, established the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice in 2008 and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. This human rights organization proudly carries on the unique legacy of the late Congressman Tom Lantos who, was the only survivor of the Holocaust ever elected to US Congress. Tom was one of the most eloquent and forceful leaders on behalf of human rights and justice. In addition to managing the Lantos Foundation, Dr. Lantos Swett teaches human rights and American foreign policy at Tufts University.

Her varied professional experiences include working on Capitol Hill as Deputy Counsel to the Criminal Justice Sub-Committee of the Senate Judiciary Committee for then Senator Joe Biden and as a consultant to businesses, charitable foundations, and political campaigns.

Katrina Lantos Swett also has experience in broadcasting, having co-hosted the highly regarded political talk show ”Beyond Politics” for many years on WMUR TV, New Hampshire’s only network affiliated television station. As co-host, she interviewed state, national, and international figures, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Vice President Al Gore, First Lady Hillary Clinton, members of the United States Congress, and George Stephanopoulos on the issues of the day.

She was recently appointed as a Commissioner for the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and shortly thereafter was honored by her fellow commissioners who unanimously elected her Chair. She is also a member of the Board of HRNK (Human Rights in North Korea) and the Tom Lantos Institute in Budapest.

Katrina graduated from Yale University in 1974 at the age of 18 and earned her Juris Doctor at UC Hastings College of the Law in 1976. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Southern Denmark in 2006.

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