Who is Anita?

Anita DeFrantz is a member of the International Olympic Committee and the IOC Executive Board. She serves on the Legal Affairs Commission of the IOC, which is made up of lawyers, and on the Finance Commission, which reviews the investments and spending plans.

Before she joined the ranks of the IOC, DeFrantz captained the U.S. women’s rowing team and rowed in the eight that won a bronze medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. DeFrantz served as Vice President of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee and was elected to IOC membership in 1986, making her not only the first African-American but also the first American woman to serve on the committee.

In 1987, DeFrantz began her 28-year role stewarding the legacy of 1984 LA Games as president of the LA84 Foundation, which received 40% of the 1984 proceeds. Over the past 30 years, the LA84 Foundation has invested more than $225 million to support more than 2,000 youth sports organizations, and it continues to provide Los Angeles youth with recreation and sports opportunities.

In 1992, she was named a member of the IOC Executive Board. In 1997, she became the organization’s first female vice president, a position she held until 2001. From 1989-1994 she served on the IOC’s Summer Program Commission, which determines which sports will be included in Olympic competition. In 1995, she became chair of the IOC’s Women and Sports Commission. She is credited with getting women’s softball and soccer added to the Olympic ticket.

Currently, she is president of the Tubman Truth Corp., an organization working to provide liberty and justice for all people. She also serves on LA 2024, the Los Angeles bid committee for the 2024 summer Olympic Games, as the LA 2024 Senior Adviser for Legacy.

DeFrantz has B.A. from Connecticut College and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She holds honorary doctorate degrees from several college and universities, including Pepperdine University, Mount Holyoke College and Pomona College.

She has received numerous awards, honors and recognitions. In 2011, Newsweek named her one of “150 Women Who Shake the World,” and Los Angeles magazine named her one of “10 Women Making a Difference in Los Angeles.” In 2010, the French magazine L’Equipe named her one of the “10 Women Who Changed Sport” in the world. In 2006, the NCAA named her one of “NCAA’s Most 100 Influential Student Athletes.” In May 2003, Sports Illustrated named her one of the 101 most influential minorities in all of sports, and from 1991-1999, The Sporting News named her one of the 100 most powerful people in sports.

How Anita Can Help You?

Anita DeFrantz has a lifetime of expertise in sport and in business – both for profit and nonprofit. She has touched the lives of millions of people around the world through her service on the board of foundations and by sharing insights and perspective through her speaking, media appearances and consulting/advising work.
Topics on which she has special expertise include:

  • What it takes to become an elite athlete
  • The intricacies of the Olympic processes
  • Effectively running nonprofit institutions
  • The parallel between athletic excellence and business excellence
  • An unusually in-depth acuity for the principles of teamwork
  • How companies, nonprofits and individuals achieve world class success
  • The best ways to get “in the zone” for peak performance

Anita DeFrantz’s exceptional contributions to the world and rare experience on the inside and the outside of the sports industry make her an important thought leader and valuable addition to the global conversation.