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Freedom House Announces New Executive Director, David J. Kramer

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Freedom House announced today that David J. Kramer has been chosen to serve as the organization's new executive director.
 
Kramer has had a distinguished career both in government and in the nongovernmental sector.  He served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from March 2008 to January 2009.  He previously served for three years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, focusing on Russia, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine, in addition to regional non-proliferation issues.  His experience in the nongovernmental sector includes his current position as a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, as well as a five-year tenure at the Carnegie Endowment, where he was associate director of the Russian and Eurasian Program.
 
“David Kramer is highly respected within the democracy and human rights field and across the political spectrum.  He has demonstrated throughout his career a firm commitment to the causes of global freedom, U.S. engagement in the world, and bipartisan consensus," said William H. Taft, IV, chair of the board of trustees at Freedom House. “We are thrilled that he has agreed to join us and look forward to his leadership as we continue to fulfill and build upon our mission of supporting freedom around the world.”
 
Kramer, who will take over as executive director on October 4, succeeds Jennifer Windsor, who had served as the organization’s executive director since 2001.  After presiding over the organization for nearly ten years, Ms. Windsor has accepted the position of associate dean of Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
 
“Freedom House’s Board and staff bring passion and integrity each day to the global fight to protect fundamental freedoms, and I am honored to be part of such an organization,” Kramer said. “Jennifer leaves big shoes to fill, but I very much look forward to helping build upon the outstanding work Freedom House has done for nearly seven decades.”
 
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