ANITA L. DeFRANTZ
Anita L. DeFrantz was appointed to the restructured United States Olympic Committee board of directors in July 2004 and has served as an International Olympic Committee member since October 1986. She was reelected to the IOC executive board in September 2013 after previously serving in the same capacity from 1992-2001, during which time she spent four years (1997-2001) as an IOC vice president.
She is a member of four IOC commissions – Finance, Legal Affairs, Olympic Channel and Coordination for the Tokyo 2020 Games – and is an honorary member of the Women in Sport Commission after serving as chair from 1995-2014.
A 1976 Olympic rowing bronze medalist and 1980 U.S. Olympic Team member, DeFrantz served as vice president of the International Rowing Federation from 1993-2013.
From 1981-84, she was vice president of Olympic Villages for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. In 1985, DeFrantz joined the staff of the LA84 Foundation (formerly Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles), the organization established to manage the surplus from the 1984 Olympic Games. She then served as the LA84 Foundation’s president from 1987-2015.
DeFrantz started the Tubman Truth Corporation in 2015 – named after Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth – two brave women known for their work to abolish slavery and gain the right for women to vote. In addition, she is a steward of the Women’s Sports Foundation, and serves on the board of directors for Kids in Sport Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Sports Council.
As a member of the U.S. National Rowing Team from 1975-80, DeFrantz won six national championships and a silver medal at the 1978 World Rowing Championships. She is a recipient of the IOC’s Olympic Order, the highest honor of the Olympic Movement.