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