Freedom House today announced that Michael Chertoff, a former Secretary of Homeland Security and former U.S. Court of Appeals judge, and Executive Chairman of the Chertoff Group, will become chairman of their Board of Trustees in October 2018.

“It will be an honor to lead the Board of an organization that champions the principles and promise of democracy, work that could not be more vital,” Chertoff said. “Freedom House was created for this moment, a time of great peril for freedom and democracy. I look forward to working with the superb professional staff to build bipartisan support to defend and strengthen democratic values.”

Chertoff will assume the chair’s duties from D. Jeffrey Hirschberg at the Board’s next meeting, on October 17.

“Judge Chertoff has long earned respect for his integrity, intellect, and commitment to democracy and the basic freedoms that Freedom House works to advance,” said Hirschberg. “He is a guarantor of Freedom House’s nonpartisanship and its ability to work with the defenders of democracy in the United States and around the world. He arrives as democracy finds itself in retreat around the world. He will lead an organization reorienting and revitalizing itself to meet the grave threats of our time.”

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, chair of the Board search committee and former Undersecretary of State, said Chertoff has a track record of working effectively across the political aisle.  “Mike Chertoff will help guide the organization in pushing back against anti-democratic forces gaining strength around the world,” she said. “Under his…