• Press Release

Amnesty International USA Announces Frank Jannuzi, New Head of the Washington, D.C., Office

March 16, 2012

Jannuzi brings decades of policy and political expertise including U.S. Senate and State Department posts


Contact: Alex Edwards, [email protected], 202-675-8761

(Washington, DC) — Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) today announced its new head of the organization's Washington, D.C., office, Frank Jannuzi, an international affairs policy and political expert. He will begin his role on April 16 and will be based in the Washington, D.C., office.

Jannuzi brings a wealth of experience from the government and policy sectors to his new position at AIUSA.  Most recently, he served as policy director for East Asian and Pacific Affairs for the Democratic staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC).


As a Washington, D.C., foreign policy expert, Jannuzi has advised the current chairman of the SFRC, John Kerry, as well as the former chairman, Vice President Joseph Biden, on a range foreign policy matters. Jannuzi helped guide several bi-partisan human rights bills through the Congress, including the JADE Act on Burma and the North Korea Human Rights Act, and led bipartisan staff delegations to investigate conditions in Tibet, Burma, China and North Korea.

Senator Kerry said, "Frank's been a special staffer and advisor to me these last 15 years on the Committee. I got to know him well while I chaired the East Asia subcommittee, and came to appreciate his deep expertise, non-partisan approach, and unbelievably collegial style. He's passionate about the cause and incredibly smart and strategic about the best way to advance the issues he works on in the hurly burly of American foreign policy. That's what you want always, an activist's heart and an ambassador's skilled approach. Frank brings all of these qualities to Amnesty International as they expand their presence and their reach in a complicated world. His solid, strategic counsel will be missed, but I know he's just a phone call away."

Frank's experience also includes posts at the U.S. Department of State, the Council on Foreign Relations and Keio University in Japan. His extensive policy portfolio includes a variety of regional security issues, including the Korean Peninsula, China's defense modernization, and territorial disputes in the South China Sea and Kuril Islands. In addition, during his tenure at State Department, Jannuzi was the founding editor-in-chief of Peacekeeping Perspectives, the State Department's journal on multilateral peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.

AIUSA executive director, Suzanne Nossel said, "I am very excited to have Frank join my leadership team, as I know his skills and experience will be major assets to AIUSA and Amnesty International's global movement.  This is a critical time for the fight for human rights in our nation and around the world.  Frank's political and policy knowledge coupled with his insight and personal relationships will bring a renewed vigor to Amnesty International's presence in Washington, D.C."

"I am thrilled to be joining Amnesty International and look forward to connecting the passion and expertise of AIUSA with the policy-making community in Washington that I know well," said Jannuzi.

For twenty years, Jannuzi has been active in grassroots movements to revitalize his Baltimore neighborhood of Charles Village. Jannuzi holds a B.A. in history from Yale University and a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in international affairs and security from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.