Vignarajah on Politics, Identity and the American Dream

Krish O’Mara Vignarajah was just nine months old when she and her family escaped persecution and civil war in Sri Lanka. Now, she is the president and CEO of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, having previously served as policy director for former first lady Michelle Obama and as a senior adviser in the State Department.

“America embraced our family when we were most in need,” Vignarajah said. “The warm welcome gave my parents the opportunity to plant roots, become teachers and open paths for me to get a world class education and become policy director, and now to lead a national organization fighting everyday to ensure stories like mine are not just part of the past.”

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