Katrina Lantos Swett

Katrina Lantos Swett, President, Lantos Foundation; former Chair, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

Katrina Lantos Swett serves as president of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, established in 2008 to continue the legacy of her father, Congressman Tom Lantos. Under her leadership, the Lantos Foundation has become a respected voice in the human rights movement on issues such as advancing the rule of law and freedom of religion and belief globally. Lantos Swett earned a political science degree from Yale University, a juris doctor degree from the University of California, and a PhD in history from the University of Southern Denmark. She is a former chair and vice chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and teaches human rights and American foreign policy at Tufts University. She serves as cochair of the board of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and the Budapest-based Tom Lantos Institute. She serves as cochair of the International Religious Freedom Summit, an annual gathering of religious freedom advocates and activists. Lantos Swett also serves on the advisory board of UN Watch and at the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Policy.