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

D. Jeffrey HirschbergActing Chair
James H. CarterSecretary and Governance & Ethics Officer
Peter Bass, Treasurer

Carol C. Adelman
Zainab Al-Suwaij
Goli Ameri
Stephen E. Biegun
David E. Birenbaum
Ellen Blackler
Dennis C. Blair
Paula J. Dobriansky
Jørgen Ejbøl
David L. Fogel
Alison B. Fortier
Susan Ginsburg
Rebecca G. Haile
Jeffrey Herbst
Jim Kolbe
Ross LaJeunesse
Walter Russell Mead
Theodore N. Mirvis
Faith Morningstar​
Monde Muyangwa
Sushma Palmer
Maurice Perkins
Michael Pillsbury
Andrew Prozes
Jorge Quiroga
Douglas E. Schoen
William H. Taft IV
Olin Wethington

Executive Staff

Michael J. Abramowitz, President
Daniel Calingaert, Executive Vice President
Lisa Dickieson, Senior Vice President, International Programs
Robert Herman, Vice President, International Programs, Emergency Assistance Programs and Multilateral Initiatives 
Arch Puddington, Distinguished Fellow for Democracy Studies
Vanessa Tucker, Vice President, Analysis

Senior Staff

Ella Asoyan, Program Manager, Eurasia programs
Keith Berner, Director, Information Technology
Annie Wilcox Boyajian, Advocacy Manager
Jenai Cox, Senior Program Manager, Africa programs
Jennifer Dunham, Director of Research, Freedom in the World & Freedom of the Press 
Dohki Fassihian, Senior Program Manager, Middle East and North Africa programs
Lynn Fredriksson, Director, Southern Africa
Lauren Galacia, Senior Program Officer, Asia-Pacific programs
Ariel Herrera, Program Manager, Dignity for All
Sanja Kelly, Project Director, Freedom on the Net
Lisa Lewis, Director, Human Resources
Mary Mares, Director, Board Affairs and Special Initiatives
Sheryl Mendez, Program Manager, Emergency Assistance Programs 
Mindy Michels, Program Manager, Dignity for All
Aaron Myers, Program Manager, EAP
Sofya OrloskyProgram Manager, Eurasia programs
Vukasin Petrovic, Senior Director for Program Strategy, Development and Learning
Carlos Ponce, Director, Latin America programs
Sarah Repucci, Senior Director for Global Publications
Robert Ruby, Director, Communications
Nate Schenkkan, Project Director, Nations in Transit
Adrian Shahbaz, Research Manager, Freedom on the Net
Mai Truong, Program Manager, Freedom on the Net