Anna Smith Lacey

Executive Director

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Anna Smith Lacey

Anna Stumpf Smith Lacey joined the Hungary Foundation in July 2016 as the executive director. In this role, she oversees the overall management of HF and provides strategic advice to the Board on its grants policy, as well as its cultural and educational initiatives.

Before joining the Hungary Foundation, Anna worked in the Hungarian Foreign Ministry as a U.S. Desk officer and later as a political attaché at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington. She has authored, translated, and edited numerous English and Hungarian language publications on U.S. and Hungarian democracy issues and constitutionalism. Anna was also a frequent contributor to the Hungarian Weekly Magazine, *Heti Válasz*, covering American politics. As a Kellner Scholar, Anna spent a year at Bard College in New York and participated in their Manhattan-based Globalization and International Affairs Program, gaining experience at CNN International and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is an alumna of The Fund for American Studies’ Prague and D.C. summer institutes, as well as the Hungarian American Coalition’s Internship Program.

Anna was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, and earned her Master’s degree in International Relations at Corvinus University, focusing on American foreign policy. She also pursued graduate studies at ELTE School of English and American Studies. In addition to her native Hungarian, she speaks German, French, and Italian. Anna is a licensed tour guide in Budapest and is passionate about promoting the city’s classical architecture.

Anna is married to Marion Smith, a civil society leader and international relations expert. Together, they have one daughter named Emma.


phone: (202) 627 6810

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