Katrina Swett

Former Director, Graduate Program in Public Policy at New England College

Katrina Swett

Katrina Swett

Former Director, Graduate Program in Public Policy at New England College

Biography

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett established the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice in 2008 and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. This human rights organization is proudly carrying on the unique legacy of the late Congressman Tom Lantos who, as the only survivor of the Holocaust ever elected to Congress, was one of our nation’s most eloquent and forceful leaders on behalf of human rights and justice. In addition to managing the Lantos Foundation, Dr. Lantos Swett teaches human rights and American foreign policy at Tufts University. She also taught at the University of Southern Denmark while her husband, former Congressman Richard Swett, was serving as the U.S. Ambassador in Copenhagen.

Her varied professional experiences include working on Capitol Hill as Deputy Counsel to the Criminal Justice Sub-Committee of the Senate Judiciary Committee for then Senator Joe Biden and as a consultant to businesses, charitable foundations, and political campaigns.

Dr. Lantos Swett also has experience in broadcasting, having co-hosted the highly regarded political talk show ”Beyond Politics” for many years on WMUR TV, New Hampshire’s only network affiliated television station. As co-host, she interviewed state, national, and international figures, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Vice President Al Gore, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Members of the United States Congress, and George Stephanopoulos on the issues of the day.

From 2003-2006 Dr. Lantos Swett served as the Director of the Graduate program in Public Policy at New England College, where she now serves on the college’s Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Board of HRNK Human Rights in North Korea and the Tom Lantos Institute in Budapest. She has served on numerous Boards in the past, including the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium Foundation, the Institute for Justice Sector Development, the Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling (co-Chair), and the NH Citizen’s Commission on the State Courts. She has also been active in Democratic politics for over three decades. In 2002, she was the Democratic nominee for Congress in New Hampshire’s 2nd District, and she was chosen as a Presidential elector in 1992. She has been a member of the New Hampshire Democratic Party (NHDP) Executive Committee and served as Vice-Chair of the NHDP Finance Committee.

Under Dr. Lantos Swett’s leadership as President and CEO, the Lantos Foundation has quickly become a distinguished and respected voice on many key human rights concerns ranging from rule of law in Russia and Internet freedom in closed societies to the on-going threat of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. The Foundation also supports human rights defenders around the globe through its Front Line Fund and runs the Lantos Congressional Fellows program in conjunction with Humanity in Action. Each year the Lantos Foundation awards the Lantos Human Rights Prize to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to standing up for decency, dignity, freedom, and justice. Past recipients have included His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Professor Elie Wiesel, and Paul Rusesabagina.

Dr. Lantos Swett graduated from Yale University in 1974 at the age of 18 and earned her Juris Doctor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1976. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Southern Denmark in 2001. Dr. Lantos Swett has been married for 31 years to former Congressman and Ambassador Richard Swett and they are parents of 7 children and 2 grandchildren. She resides in Bow, New Hampshire.

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Number of Boards

3

Birthday

10/08/1955

Age

65

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President at New England College

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Director of Academic Advising at New England College

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Director of Campus Facilities at New England College

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Principal at Swett Associates Inc.

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Senior Vice President of Academic Alliances at New England College

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Executive Director of Enrollment at New England College

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Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at New England College

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Secretary at Tom Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

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Provost at New England College

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Founder at Computer Generated Solutions, Inc.

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Boies, Schiller & Flexner L.L.P. is an American law firm founded by David Boies and Jonathan D. Schiller in 1997. In 1999, they were joined by Donald L. Flexner, former partner with Crowell & Moring. In 2002, a 27-lawyer firm, located in Miami, named Zack Kosnitzky, merged into the New York firm Boies Schiller & Flexner.

Child-In-Law

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides legal services. Practice areas include: complex acquisition, financing transactions, litigation & arbitration, tax, employee benefits, and trusts & estates. The company was founded in 1931 by Eli Whitney Debevoise and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Education
Class of 2006

The University of Southern Denmark was established in 1998 through a merger involving Odense University, the Southern Denmark School of Business and Engineering and South Jutland University Centre. On 1 January 2006, Odense University College of Engineering was incorporated into the University of Southern Denmark, establishing the Faculty of Engineering. On 1 January 2007, the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and the Business School Centre in Slagelse were also incorporated into the University of Southern Denmark. NIPH retains its status as a national public health institute and will remain in Copenhagen. The Business School Centre will be a department within the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences and forms SDU's campus in Slagelse. In 2006, the university celebrated its 40th anniversary, as the former Odense University was founded in 1966. You can find out more about the origin of the university in a special issue of Ny Viden (only available in Danish) published in connection with the anniversary. The University of Southern Denmark has more than 27,000 students and 4,000 employees. The campuses of the university are represented in 6 cities: Odense, Esbjerg, Kolding, Copenhagen, Slagelse, and Snderborg - all with main focus on education and research. The Board of Governors is the supreme authority at the university and is responsible to the Minister for the activities and overall resources of the university. The Board looks after the university's interests as an educational and research institution and establishes guidelines for its organisation, long-term future and development. The Board enters into development contracts with the Minister for Higher Education and Science. The Board appoints the Rector, and, on the recommendation of the Rector, also appoints the Pro-Rector and a University Director. The Board holds around four meetings per year. The Board of Representatives acts as the university's liaison with partners, the business community, the public sector and cultural institutions regionally, nationally and internationally. The Board of Representatives consists of 42 members, who, under the terms of the statutes, will observe the activities of the university and be kept informed about matters affecting the university. The Board of Representatives discusses the university's research, courses and other activities on an overall level and can submit remarks on these areas to the Board of Governors. The chairman and vice-chairman of the Board of Representatives are members of the joint committee, which appoints the outside members of the Board of Governors. The Board of Representatives holds around three meetings per year. Day-to-day management of the university is handled by the Rector within the framework established by the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors, the Board of Representatives and the day-to-day management are supported by the Management Secretariat.

JD
Class of 1976

The University of California's Hastings College of the Law (UC Hastings or Hastings) is a top tier public law school in San Francisco, California, located in the Civic Center neighborhood. Founded in 1878 by Serranus Clinton Hastings, the first Chief Justice of California, it was the first law school of the University of California and was one of the first law schools established in the Western United States. It is the oldest law school on the West Coast. It is also one of the few university-affiliated law schools in the United States that does not share its campus with undergraduates or other graduate programs.

BA in Political Science
Class of 1974

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Career History
Director, Graduate Program in Public Policy
2003 - 2006

An independent liberal arts college offering undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

Lecturer, International Relations
Prior

Tufts University is a private research university located in Medford/Somerville, near Boston, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The university is organized into ten schools, including two undergraduate programs and eight graduate divisions, on four campuses in Massachusetts and the French Alps. The university emphasizes active citizenship and public service in all of its disciplines and is known for its internationalism and study abroad programs.

Human Rights & American Foreign Policy
Prior

The University of Southern Denmark was established in 1998 through a merger involving Odense University, the Southern Denmark School of Business and Engineering and South Jutland University Centre. On 1 January 2006, Odense University College of Engineering was incorporated into the University of Southern Denmark, establishing the Faculty of Engineering. On 1 January 2007, the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and the Business School Centre in Slagelse were also incorporated into the University of Southern Denmark. NIPH retains its status as a national public health institute and will remain in Copenhagen. The Business School Centre will be a department within the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences and forms SDU's campus in Slagelse. In 2006, the university celebrated its 40th anniversary, as the former Odense University was founded in 1966. You can find out more about the origin of the university in a special issue of Ny Viden (only available in Danish) published in connection with the anniversary. The University of Southern Denmark has more than 27,000 students and 4,000 employees. The campuses of the university are represented in 6 cities: Odense, Esbjerg, Kolding, Copenhagen, Slagelse, and Snderborg - all with main focus on education and research. The Board of Governors is the supreme authority at the university and is responsible to the Minister for the activities and overall resources of the university. The Board looks after the university's interests as an educational and research institution and establishes guidelines for its organisation, long-term future and development. The Board enters into development contracts with the Minister for Higher Education and Science. The Board appoints the Rector, and, on the recommendation of the Rector, also appoints the Pro-Rector and a University Director. The Board holds around four meetings per year. The Board of Representatives acts as the university's liaison with partners, the business community, the public sector and cultural institutions regionally, nationally and internationally. The Board of Representatives consists of 42 members, who, under the terms of the statutes, will observe the activities of the university and be kept informed about matters affecting the university. The Board of Representatives discusses the university's research, courses and other activities on an overall level and can submit remarks on these areas to the Board of Governors. The chairman and vice-chairman of the Board of Representatives are members of the joint committee, which appoints the outside members of the Board of Governors. The Board of Representatives holds around three meetings per year. Day-to-day management of the university is handled by the Rector within the framework established by the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors, the Board of Representatives and the day-to-day management are supported by the Management Secretariat.

Boards & Committees
President
Current

STRENGTHEN THE ROLE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN U.S. FOREIGN POLICY AND PROMOTE GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS.

Member, Board of Trustees
Current

An independent liberal arts college offering undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

Political Donations Received
$2,400
2010
$2,400
2010
$900
2010
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