| Chair of the National Combined
Federal Campaign Committee
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the annual workplace giving
campaign for U.S. federal employees. It incorporates an internationally
recognized certification program for charities, which it applies to
more than 1,300 national and international charities and 40,000 community
charities. The CFC raised approximately US$240 in million 2001.
Over the years, Strauss has served in a variety of capacities in
the National CFC Committee – a coalition representing 23 national
charity federations, federal employees and others involved in administering
the campaign. In 2001, for example, he was elected vice-chair.
|Human and Civil Rights
Organization of America, Inc.
and Chair of the Board
An organization he helped establish in 1994, HCROA serves more than
70 national and international affiliated NGOs including Americans
for Indian Opportunity, Campaign to End Genocide, Center for Law and
Social Policy, Center of Concern, EarthRights International, Fairness
& Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), Freedom House, Henry M. Jackson
Foundation, Human Rights Watch, International Fellowship of Christian
and Jews, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Lawyers Committee
for Human Rights, Physicians for Human Rights, Public Citizen Foundation,
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, Simon Wiesenthal Center, and Washington
Office on Latin America.
HCROA is working with faculty at Yale University and Boston College
to strengthen the validation and certification programs that target
multi-national corporations. As president of HCROA, Strauss is a
member of the steering committee of the Corporate – NGO Foreign
Policy Roundtable, a forum involving leading multi-national corporations
and human rights groups.
Executive Director and Board Member
An organization of Russian political activists and American supporters
established in 1993, Freedom Channel works with Russian journalists,
pollsters, and politicians to use television in support of democratic
reforms. While Strauss was executive director, Freedom Channel produced
more than 20 human rights documentaries which were broadcast nationwide
in Russia in the mid-1990s. Strauss also led the organization’s
groundbreaking analysis of state sponsored television and radio for
legislative coverage (eg, C-SPAN) which was used by the Russian State
Duma to guide the development of their own system.
While with Freedom
Channel, Strauss advised Russian politicians, their staff, and leaders
of the media on techniques of political activism, the production
of media advertisements, and polling. He led multiple delegations
of American media experts to Russia to advise their equivalents.
Strauss initiated and advised on the production of Russia’s
first get-out-the-vote television advertisements, broadcast in the
run up to that nation’s first free election of the Duma. These
PSAs eventually received the Soros Award.
|Democracy for China
|1989 - 1993
Executive Director and Board Member
An organization of Chinese political activists and American supporters
established in the aftermath of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre,
the Democracy for China Fund emerged as a leading force helping to
shape U.S. policy toward the People’s Republic of China during
the early 1990s. Strauss organized and participated in the 1991 Human
Rights Delegation to China led by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
1992, Strauss assisted Shen Tong to become the first Tiananmen Square
leader to successfully return to China after going into exile. When
Shen Tong was subsequently arrested by Chinese authorities, Strauss
led an international effort to obtain his release, which ultimately
Strauss conceived and helped produce an award winning get-out-the-vote
television advertisement which was widely used across the U.S. in
|Child Welfare Leauge
The leading association for state agencies and NGOs dealing with the
care and treatment of children. Strauss was responsible for the League’s
marketing and fundraising.
|Physicians for Social
PSR shared in the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for its work in educating
the public and political leaders as to the dangers of nuclear weapons.
Strauss was responsible for PSR’s marketing and fundraising,
doubling its budget.
Prior to 1980, Mr. Strauss held various positions including special
assistant to Massachusetts Governor Francis Sargent and special
assistant to U.S. Senator John Durkin. Mr. Strauss was a research
associate at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and
Diplomacy from 1994-96, and was an adjunct member of the faculty
of Emerson College in 1995.
Here and overseas, he has been interviewed extensively on issues
of human rights by, among others, the Associated Press, UPI, New
York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, ABC News, Actuel (Paris),
BBC, and Russian National Television.