Anne Keiser, daughter of the late George Camp Keiser, the founder of the Middle East Institute, has been a member of its Board of Governors since 1990. Ms. Keiser is a freelance travel photographer based in Washington, D.C. From 1972 to 1986 she worked at the National Geographic Society as a photo editor and still photographer in its television division.
As a freelance photographer, she has documented the humanitarian work of famed mountain climber, Sir Edmund Hillary, who devoted his life to improving the lives of the Sherpa people of the Everest region of Nepal. She has produced three books on this topic, including Sir Edmund Hillary & the People of Everest, produced as part of the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of the first ascent of Mount Everest by Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa.
Ms. Keiser currently serves on the boards of the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation and the Greater Himalayan Foundation. She is a member of the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund U.S. and the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.