Board Member

Anita L. DeFrantz was appointed to the restructured United States Olympic Committee board of directors in July 2004. She has served as a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1986, and was elected to the IOC’s Executive Board on Sept. 10, 2013. Additionally, she was named to the Coordination Commission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in October 2013.  

A 1976 Olympic rowing bronze medalist and 1980 U.S. Olympic Team member, she currently serves as the vice president of the International Rowing Federation. As a member of the U.S. National Rowing Team from 1975-80, she won six national championships and a silver medal at the 1978 World Rowing Championships.

First elected to the IOC’s Executive Board in July 1992, DeFrantz chairs both the IOC Women and Sport Commission and the IOC Athletes’ Commission Election Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the Juridical Commission, the Finance Commission, the Coordination Commission for the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Sport and Law Commission. In 1980, she received the highest honor of the Olympic Movement, the Olympic Order Medal of Bronze presented by the IOC.

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 has served as the LA84 Foundation’s president since 1987.

She is president and a member of the board of directors of Kids in Sports in Los Angeles. In addition, she is a member of The Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics; steward of the Women’s Sports Foundation; and serves on the board of directors for Western Asset Trust Inc., the Juvenile Law Center, the Institute for International Sport, Santa Monica College Foundation and the Los Angeles Sports Council. She is also a member of the NCAA Leadership Advisory Board; the Advisory Board Sports Business Institute; and the USRowing Task Force on Access, Affordability and Diversity.