Joanne Rendall

Joanne Rendall currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Church World Service, one of the nation’s nine refugee resettlement agencies, where she has worked for over 35 years. She serves as a member of the executive leadership team and oversees financial management, compliance, information technology, business operations, human resources, and […]

Yasmine Taeb

Yasmine Taeb fled Iran during the Iran-Iraq war and grew up undocumented before becoming a citizen, lawyer and activist. Yasmine holds a J.D. from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, a Graduate Certificate in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida. In 2016, she […]

Sam Phatey

Sam Phatey is a former refugee from the Western African nation of The Gambia. As a teenager, he started advocating for children’s rights and human rights, addressing his native country’s Parliament until he became targeted by the dictatorial regime of President Yahya Jammeh. Sam came to the United States in 2008 at the age of 18, and […]

Christine LeViseur Mendonça

Christine Mendonça is the CEO of Humans on the Move, a social impact advisory focused on connecting private, philanthropic, and public sectors to rethink the response to the refugee and migration crisis. She is also the CEO and founder of Shore to Shore Advisory, an impact investment advisory firm working with family offices, foundations, and […]

Rev. John L. McCullough

Rev. John L. McCullough is the President and CEO of Church World Service one of the nine refugee resettlement agencies in the United States. In his two decades at CWS, McCullough has grown the organization as a global leader in providing just and sustainable responses to the greatest challenges facing vulnerable communities–hunger, poverty, displacement and […]

Erol Kekic

Erol Kekic is a veteran in the field of refugee resettlement as well as humanitarian and refugee policy related work. As the Senior Vice President of the New York-based CWS, Mr. Kekic leads the agency’s efforts to address the needs of forcibly displaced individuals through resettlement and other durable solutions. Kekic is frequently quoted in the […]

Representative Elizabeth Holtzman

Representative Elizabeth Holtzman served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, helping create a path for women and immigrants in politics. Rep. Holtzman is the original sponsor of The Refugee Act of 1980, and continues to bring a great deal of knowledge, history, and passion to policy debates that impact the lives of refugees. […]

Mark Hetfield

Mark Hetfield is the President and CEO of HIAS, the global refugee agency of the American Jewish community. Founded in 1881, HIAS is the oldest organization in the world that is dedicated to refugees, and is one of the nine national refugee resettlement in the United States.  Since being named HIAS’ President and CEO in 2013, Mark has […]