Longtime Senate staffer and respected Asia hand Frank Jannuzi is leaving government to take over the leadership of the Washington, D.C., office of Amnesty International, the organization announced today.
"Frank's been a special staffer and advisor to me these last 15 years on the Committee. I got to know him well while I chaired the East Asia subcommittee, and came to appreciate his deep expertise, non-partisan approach, and unbelievably collegial style," Jannuzi's soon to be former boss Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) said in a press release. "He's passionate about the cause and incredibly smart and strategic about the best way to advance the issues he works on in the hurly burly of American foreign policy. That's what you want always, an activist's heart and an ambassador's skilled approach."
Jannuzi's most recent title was policy director for East Asian and Pacific Affairs for the Democratic staff of the SFRC. He was also Vice President Joe Biden's top Asia staffer and was active in the Obama-Biden campaign in 2008, often acting as a surrogate and spokesman on foreign policy. Many Asia hands were surprised when Jannuzi was not brought into the administration following the Obama-Biden victory.
His accomplishments as a staffer include being a key player on several pieces of Asia-related legislation, including the JADE Act on Burma and the North Korea Human Rights Act. Jannuzi also led bipartisan staff delegations to investigate conditions in Tibet, Burma, China and North Korea. He previously worked at the State Department, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Keio University in Japan.
"I am very excited to have Frank join my leadership team, as I know his skills and experience will be major assets to AIUSA and Amnesty International's global movement," said Suzanne Nossel, the recently named executive director of Amnesty International USA. "This is a critical time for the fight for human rights in our nation and around the world. Frank's political and policy knowledge coupled with his insight and personal relationships will bring a renewed vigor to Amnesty International's presence in Washington, D.C."