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Leadership

Annette Lantos, Chairman of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice.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.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Annette came to the United States at age 16. After graduating from an American high school, Annette went on to obtain her bachelor's degree and teaching certificate from San Francisco State University. She and Tom were married for nearly 58 years. Annette has two daughters, Annette Jr. and Katrina, eighteen grandchildren, and an ever increasing number of great-grandchildren.

 

 
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
Denise L. Perron
Executive Director
 
Advisory Board
Honorable Shimon Peres, Chair
President of Israel
Annette Lantos Tillemann-Dick, Co-Chair
Ambassador John Shattuck
President and Rector of Central European University
Dr. Elie Wiesel
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Bono
Musician/Activist, Co-founder of ONE and (RED)
Richard Gere
Founder and President, The Gere Foundation
Hon. John Broderick
Dean of UNH Law School
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
Hon. John Broderick
Dean of UNH Law School
Former Chief Justice, NH Supreme Court
Ambassador Richard Holbrooke
2008-2010
Ambassador Mark Palmer
2008-2013
 

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