Anna Stumpf Smith Lacey joined The Hungary Initiatives Foundation in July, 2016. As executive director, she is responsible for overall management of HIF and for providing strategic advice to the Board on its grants policy and cultural and educational initiatives.
Anna previously served in the Hungarian Foreign Ministry as U.S. Desk officer and subsequently as political attaché at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington. She then worked as an external relations advisor at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. She is currently a Vice President of Common Sense Society of Budapest and a contributor at the leading Hungarian weekly magazine, Heti Válasz. She also serves on the board of the Foreign Policy Initiatives’ Future Leaders Network, and Historic Alexandria’s Beautification Commission.
She authored, translated and edited several English and Hungarian language publications on U.S. and Hungarian democracy issues and constitutionalism.
As a Kellner Scholar, Anna spent one year at Bard College, NY and participated in their Manhattan-based Globalization and International Affairs Program through which she gained 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, and of the Hungarian American Coalition’s Internship Program.
She was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, earned her Master’s degree in International Relations at Corvinus University focusing on American foreign policy and pursued graduate studies at ELTE School of English and American Studies. In addition to her native Hungarian, she speaks German, French and Italian. She is a licensed tour guide in Budapest.
Anna is married to Marion Smith, a civil society leader and international relations expert.
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