Amb. Andrew Bremberg Appointed as New President and CEO of Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The board of trustees of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) announced today that Ambassador Andrew Bremberg will join the organization as its new president and CEO.
“I am pleased to welcome Ambassador Bremberg as our new CEO,” said board chairman Dr. Edwin J. Feulner. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and an impressive background of public service that will serve VOC well as we expand our mission to educate this generation and future generations about communism, past and present.”
Ambassador Bremberg served as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United States to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2019-21. Previously he served as Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council as well as policy advisor and counsel on nominations for the Senate Majority Leader. In the private sector, he was a top policy analyst for the non-profit MITRE Corporation, which services the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, among other departments. Ambassador Bremberg earned a BA from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio and a JD from the Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C.
“I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to lead such an important organization at this critical time,” said Ambassador Bremberg. “The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is uniquely positioned to help fight against the deadly ideology that caused untold human suffering and oppresses more than one-fifth of humanity today. We have the responsibility to educate this and future generations about the many millions of past and present victims of communism by sharing their stories. It is my belief that the power of one personal story, one witness, can change the world.”
“For too long,” said former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, “the free world has failed to confront the Chinese Communist Party’s violations of international norms and values. The international community must stand united against the abuses of communist regimes from Beijing to Havana. Ambassador Bremberg’s leadership of the U.S. mission to the UN in Geneva makes him remarkably suited for this task as the new CEO of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.”
“The work of VOC is more vital than ever,” said Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, President of the Lantos Foundation and a member of VOC’s Advisory Council, “in a world where understanding about the historic horrors of communism is beginning to fade from the public’s memory. My late father Congressman Tom Lantos understood in a very personal way how crucial it is that we remember this history and that is why he was so deeply supportive of the mission and work of VOC. Ambassador Bremberg’s diplomatic skills will be of great value in his new assignment, and I wish him success. If Tom Lantos were with us, he would urge Ambassador Bremberg to bring all his vigilance and vigor to this important task and would remind him, ‘The veneer of civilization is paper thin; we are its guardians and can never rest.’”
“From its founding,” said former Democratic Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL), founding co-chair of the congressional Victims of Communism Caucus, “VOC has been a non-partisan champion of human rights that educates people about the horrors of communist regimes and their deadly ideology. As the world confronts China’s escalating abuses of fundamental human liberties, Ambassador Bremberg’s proven experience as a diplomat will be invaluable to VOC’s mission.”
VOC was authorized in 1993 by a unanimous Act of Congress signed as Public Law 103-199 by President William J. Clinton. On June 12, 2007, President George W. Bush dedicated the Victims of Communism Memorial statue in Washington, D.C.
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) is an educational, research, and human rights bipartisan nonprofit devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to pursuing the freedom of the more than 1.5 billion people still living under communist regimes.