Our Board and Staff

Freedom House is led by President Michael J. Abramowitz. The daily work of the organization is conducted by its approximately 150 staff members in Washington, New York, and field offices around the world.

The organization's non-partisan Board of Trustees is comprised of prominent business and labor leaders, former diplomats and senior government officials, scholars, and journalists. They all share a steadfast commitment to the mission of Freedom House and to the belief that the promotion of democracy and human rights is essential for international peace.

Board of Trustees


Michael Chertoff, Chair
Peter BassTreasurer

Carol C. Adelman
Zainab Al-Suwaij
Goli Ameri
David E. Birenbaum
Ellen Blackler
Dennis C. Blair
Jørgen Ejbøl
Martin Etchevers
David L. Fogel
Alison B. Fortier
Susan Ginsburg
Rebecca G. Haile
Robert Keane
Jim Kolbe
Ross LaJeunesse
Faith Morningstar​
Monde Muyangwa
Monica Oathout
Sushma Palmer
Maurice A. Perkins
Andrew Prozes
Thomas Staudt
Jorge Quiroga
Olin Wethington


Executive Staff

Michael J. Abramowitz, President
Kim Bryant, Chief of Staff
Lisa Dickieson, Senior Vice President, International Programs
Robert Herman, Senior Adviser, Policy
Arch Puddington, Distinguished Fellow for Democracy Studies
Mark MoyerChief Financial Officer
Nicole Surber, Chief Development Officer
Alexis Schuler, Vice President, Advocacy and Communications
Vanessa Tucker, Vice President, Research and Analysis

 

Senior Staff

Marc Behrendt, Director, Europe and Eurasia programs
Annie Wilcox Boyajian, Director of Advocacy
Dohki Fassihian, Director, Middle East and North Africa programs
Lauren Galacia, Senior Program Manager, Asia programs
Paul Graham, Project Director, Southern Africa
Danya Greenfield, Senior Program Manager for Lifeline
Vytis Jurkonis, Project Director, Vilnius office
Sanja KellyDirector, Freedom on the Net
Lisa Lewis, Director, Human Resources
Sheryl Mendez, Senior Program Manager, Emergency Assistance Programs 
Mindy Michels, Director of Emergency Assistance Programs
Sofya OrloskyProgram Manager, Eurasia programs
Vukasin Petrovic, Senior Director for Program Strategy, Development and Learning
Alessandra Pinna, Program Manager, Latin America programs
Carlos Ponce, Director, Latin America programs
Sarah Repucci, Senior Director for Research and Analysis
Robert Ruby, Director, Communications
Nate Schenkkan,  Director for Special Research
Adrian Shahbaz, Research Manager, Freedom on the Net
Jon Temin, Director, Africa programs
Mai Truong, Program Manager, Freedom on the Net