Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, immigrant refugee turned Policy Director for Michelle Obama

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Dustin Plantholt’s “Life’s Tough, YOU can be TOUGHER!” podcast is honored to feature Krish O’Mara Vignarajah president and CEO of LIRS (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service). Krish guides the national nonprofit in its role as the leading advocate for welcoming immigrants from across the globe with open arms. 

This “Life’s Tough” episode released on May 22nd, 2019 and is now available on all major podcast networks, under the Podcast Channel “Life’s Tough”.

A refugee herself, Krish represents the promise of the American Dream and personally understands the importance of LIRS’s work.

Krish joined LIRS early this year, after serving as Policy Director for Michelle Obama and led the President’s and 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, where she coordinated development and implementation of multiple programs including those concerning refugees and migration, engagement with religious communities, the legal dimensions of U.S. foreign policy, and regional issues relating to Africa and the Middle East.

Join host Dustin Plantholt and his Life’s Tough team as they discuss with Krish how LIRS will build upon its 80 years of service and continue to support our new individuals and families as we welcome them to our great country and help them realize the American Dream.

Life’s tough – you can be tougher, like Krish O’Mara Vignarajah



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