LA84 Foundation President Anita DeFrantz has been elected to the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). DeFrantz was first elected to the IOC on October 17, 1986 and previously served on the Executive Board from 1992 to 1997. On September 4, 1997, she became the first woman in the history of the IOC to be elected vice president.
“Anita is a true leader with a comprehensive understanding of sport from its introduction to the elite level,” said LA84 Foundation Board Chair Bob Graziano. “We believe her work at the highest levels of the IOC is great news for Los Angeles as well as the Olympic Movement worldwide.”
A member of two US Olympic rowing teams, a 1976 Olympic bronze medalist and the leader of athletes’ opposition to the 1980 US boycott of the Moscow Games, DeFrantz has served on the leadership boards of dozens of organizations, institutes and federations, most notably the IOC, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the International Rowing Federation and the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. She has been honored by Los Angeles Magazine, Newsweek, NCAA, the Los Angeles Business Journal and Sports Illustrated (to name a few), and is recognized the as one of the world’s most influential women in sports and philanthropy.
“I am honored to once again serve in this capacity on the IOC, and I continue to be honored to serve as President of the LA84 Foundation which supports youth sports in Southern California and is the nation’s leading authority on youth sports issues,” she said. The Foundation, established to manage Southern California’s share of the surplus from the success 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, has invested $214 million in sports and education programs serving more than 2.5 million young people.