Founder, The Gere Foundation
Humanitarian, actor, and Golden Globe winner Richard Gere is known for his roles in such films as Chicago, Days of Heaven, An Officer and a Gentleman, The Cotton Club, American Gigolo, Pretty Woman, Primal Fear, Arbitrage, Time Out of Mind, and Norman.
For more than thirty years, he has served as a rights advocate whose humanitarian efforts have taken him to Tibet, India, Mongolia, Nepal, Bhutan, Kosovo, Central America and the Middle East. He has used his popularity to amplify the voice of the nonviolent struggle for Tibet. He was Co-Founder and Chairman of Tibet House U.S. in 1987. In 1991, he founded the Gere Foundation, a private foundation focused on advocacy, education, human rights, and cultural preservation.
Mr. Gere joined the International Campaign for Tibet’s Board of Directors where he has served as Chairman since 1995. He has sponsored numerous U.S. visits, teachings and publications by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.