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President's Council

Established in 2020, the LIRS President’s Council is an advisory committee that includes business and nonprofit leaders, policy experts and advocates, and faith leaders of varied backgrounds and sector experience. The Council provides LIRS President & CEO Krish O’Mara Vignarajah with strategic advice related to the organization’s key priority areas and its efforts to effectively fulfill its mission and vision.

  • Susan Aplin

    Co-CEO | World Trade Center Institute

  • Sindy M. Benavides

    CEO | League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

  • Angela Chee

    Media and Communication Coach | Keynote Speaker

  • Angela Dejene

    President and Founder | Dejene Communications

  • Rev. Mary Forell

    Former Pastor

  • Christine Grumm

    President | Christine Grumm Consulting

  • Muhsin Hassan

    Awards Director | Lever for Change

  • Daya S. Khalsa

    Former Director of Development, Prosperity Works (NM)

  • Sean T. Long

    Founder and President | Exodus Crossing LLC

  • Bill McKibben

    Cofounder |

  • Evan Moilan

    Speaker and Consultant, GSB Fundraising

  • Leroy Pingho

    Founder and CEO, GES

  • Anne C. Richard

    Former Assistant Secretary for PRM, State Department

  • Michele Speaks

    Co-Chairman, Warnock Foundation

  • Kristin Taylor

    Founder + CEO | Project Connect

  • Laurel Vicklund

    Vice President of International Operations | Peregrine Global Services

  • Reinhard Ziegler, PhD

    Co-Founder + Treasurer | The Vessel

  • Diane E. Batchik

    Independent Advisor

  • Betsy Biern

    CEO | Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Foundation

  • Kathy Collins

    Vice President of Finance (Retired) | Rice University

  • Chris Davis

    Former Resident Counsel | Ford Foundation

  • Judith Diers

    Program Officer | Office of the Vice President for International Programs, Ford Foundation

  • Rev. Tom Grevlos

    Pastor | Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

  • Michael G. Hansen

    Principal | Hansen and Associates

  • Ed Hatcher

    Founder and Strategic Advisor | The Hatcher Group

  • Donna Kinzer

    Managing Director | DK Healthcare Consulting

  • Lori Lovelace

    Co-Founder and President | The Vessel

    Paul C. Miles

    President and CEO | We Raise

  • Bryn Parchman

    President and CEO (Retired), Port Discovery Children’s Museum

    Sridhar Prasad

    Partner | The Bridgespan Group

    Rev. Eric C. Shafer

    Senior Pastor (Retired), New Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

  • Linda Stoterau

    Former LIRS Board Member

  • Antonio Tijerino

    President and CEO | Hispanic Heritage Foundation

  • Debbie Weinberg

    Founder & Director | Girls Empowerment Mission: GEM

  • Amy Elias

    Founder + CEO | Profiles

Board of Directors

The board includes former refugees or first-generation immigrants, professionals, and community members who are committed to advancing the dialogue surrounding refugees and immigrant rights.

Meet our Board of Directors