Rita E. Hauser

Rita E. Hauser

The Hauser Foundation
Rita E. Hauser

  • Rita E. Hauser, HLS ‘58, President of The Hauser Foundation, is an international lawyer and was a senior partner for more than twenty years at the New York City law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.
  • She served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board from December 2009 to December 2012.
  • Among many philanthropic projects, Hauser and her husband Gustave have funded Hauser Hall at Harvard Law School, and founded The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University in April 1997, which became The Hauser Institute for Civil Society in June 2013.

In early in 2012 they established the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching. The Hausers were the principal benefactors of the Hauser Global Law School Program at New York University Law School. Hauser served on the Visiting Committee of the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University, and was Vice-Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Harvard Law School. She was National Co-Chair of the last Harvard University Campaign and is an Honorary Chair of the current University Campaign.

Hauser chaired The American Ditchley Foundation, supporting Great Britain’s leading conference center from 2006 through December 2010, and was elected a Governor of the British Ditchley Foundation in July 2010. She was a director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London) from 1996–2006 and the RAND Corporation from 1999–2009. Elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April 2012, she chaired The International Peace Institute (a think tank for United Nations related matters) for two decades (1993-2016), and serves on the Advisory Board of the International Crisis Group. In November 2015 she was elected chair of the Advisory Board of Roosevelt House at Hunter College. She is also a Director of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York.

She was awarded The Albert Gallatin Medal, the highest honor for public service of New York University (2006), and the Vanderbilt Medal, the highest honor of New York University School of Law (2004), as well as The Harvard Medal for distinguished service to Harvard University (1999).

Hauser holds advanced degrees from the University of Strasbourg in France, Harvard and NYU Law Schools, and the University of Paris Law School.