ANITA L. DeFRANTZHeadshot of Anita DeFrantz in blue blazer
Board Member

Anita L. DeFrantz was elected to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee board of directors and served from 1976-1985. DeFrantz was elected a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1986, and her service on the USOPC board has continued since then.  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 – Finances, Legal Affairs, Olympic Channel and the 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.

Following her profession as an attorney at the Juvenile Law Centre of Philadelphia from 1977-79, she became vice president of Olympic Villages for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee from 1981-84. 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 to 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 the Los Angeles Sports Council and the Jazz Bakery.

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.