Our Leadership

Freedom House is led by Mark P. Lagon, the organization's president. 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


Kenneth I. Juster, Chair
Charles Davidson, Co-Vice Chair
D. Jeffrey HirschbergCo-Vice Chair
James H. CarterSecretary and Governance & Ethics Officer
David Nastro, Treasurer
Bette Bao Lord, Chair Emeritus

Carol C. Adelman
Kenneth Adelman
Zainab Al-Suwaij
Goli Ameri
Peter Bass
Stephen E. Biegun
David E. Birenbaum
Ellen Blackler
Dennis C. Blair
Kim G. Davis
Thomas A. Dine
Paula J. Dobriansky
Eileen C. Donahoe
Alan P. Dye
Alison B. Fortier
Susan Ginsburg
Rebecca G. Haile
Kathryn Dickey Karol
Jim Kolbe
Jay Mazur
Walter Russell Mead
Theodore N. Mirvis
John Norton Moore
Alberto Mora
Faith Morningstar​
Joshua Muravchik
Andrew Nathan
Diana Villiers Negroponte
Edwin Schloss
Douglas E. Schoen
Faryar Shirzad
Scott Siff
William H. Taft IV
Ruth Wedgwood
Olin Wethington
Wendell Willkie II