Position: Deputy executive director heading the Washington office of Amnesty International USA, a nonprofit organization that promotes human rights.
Raised in New Delhi until he was 4, Frank Jannuzi began advocating for diversity in his teen years during the integration of Texas public schools. After graduate studies, he worked for the government as an analyst studying East Asia until he moved to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where he helped craft legislation for overseas conflicts. Now he is looking to take his expertise global as head of Amnesty International’s D.C. office.
This is your first time leading an organization. What business qualities do you look to play up in this new role?
It is sometimes difficult to translate the operations of a non-governmental organization, especially one focused on advancing civil liberties, into a business framework. That said, I hope to bring a keener understanding of the needs of their policymaker consumers in D.C. I will work … to focus Amnesty on its core competencies, strengthening partnerships with other human rights groups.
How are you preparing for your new role?
I’m reading up on the history, successes and failures. I’m speaking to people in and out of the organization to see how we can do things better. I’m speaking to other groups in similar fields and getting their assessment of Amnesty. I’m drawing up my own to-do list for the first couple months.
How has your leadership matured over the years?
Working in the Senate, you learn the importance of being nonpartisan and not allowing underlying political philosophy from preventing you [from finding] common interests. My style here in the Senate has always been scrupulously nonpartisan.
How did you develop that nonpartisan approach?
You don’t restrict your sources of information to people that tell you things that reinforce your prejudices. I think strategically where I get my news and information. If I’m going to study what’s happening in Tibet, I’m going to speak to Tibetans, the Chinese government, Tibetan bloggers and exiles, and American professors who have studied the issue. I’m going to cast a very wide net.
— Interview with Vanessa Small