Freedom House Appoints Chloe Schwenke Vice President for Global Programs


Freedom House is pleased to announce that Dr. Chloe Schwenke will be joining the organization on February 1 as its new Vice President for Global Programs.

In this position, Dr. Schwenke will oversee Freedom House’s emergency assistance funds, including the Lifeline Fund, which assists embattled civil society organizations, and Dignity for All, which supports to LGBTI advocates under threat. She will also oversee global programs on freedom of expression, Internet freedom and religious freedom.

“Chloe brings a wealth of experience in democracy support programs and a deep commitment to advancing the rights of all people,” said Freedom House president, David J. Kramer. “As Freedom House steps up its global programming to address today’s greatest challenges, Chloe’s expertise will be vital to our work, and we are delighted to have her on board.”

Dr. Schwenke’s career as a development practitioner and academic extends over three decades, including 15 years of work based in Africa and Asia. Prior to this appointment, she served as an Obama Administration appointee at the U.S. Agency for International Development, both as the Senior Advisor for LGBT Policy globally, and as the Senior Advisor on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance for sub-Saharan Africa. As USAID formulated their new democracy strategy, Dr. Schwenke provided leadership on embracing a development-focused vision of human rights. She also has taught at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University and the University of Maryland.

“I’m honored and eager to offer the best of my abilities and experience to further the important mission of Freedom House,” Schwenke said. “Defending the threshold of human dignity may seem an unattainable ideal, but Freedom House makes that effort every day. I cannot think of a more important commitment to engage in.”

Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.

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