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Krishanti Vignarajah  

President and CEO Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Krish served in the Obama White House as Policy Director for First Lady Michelle Obama and at the State Department as Senior Advisor under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Krish recently finished serving as Policy Director for Michelle Obama and led the First Lady’s signature Let Girls Learn initiative. Before the White House, she served as Senior Advisor at the State Department under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry. During the Obama Administration, Krish managed and led White House and State Department programs related to entrepreneurship, private sector investment, infrastructure, women’s issues, engagement with youth and religious communities, climate change, and budget development and execution.

Before joining the White House, Krish worked at McKinsey & Company, where she consulted for Fortune 100 companies, practiced law at Jenner & Block in Washington, DC, clerked for Chief Judge Michael Boudin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and taught at Georgetown University as an adjunct. An advocate of women and girls, Krish has spoken widely on this subject, including to young women at Western High School as well as at Hood College where she recently delivered the commencement address at Hood College, which was recognized by BuzzFeed as the #4 Most Inspiring Speech of 2017.

She currently serves as the president and CEO of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

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