From Crisis to Calling: Finding Your Moral Center in the Toughest Decisions

Sasha Chanoff is the founder and executive director of RefugePoint, a humanitarian organization that finds lasting solutions for refugees in life threatening situations. Sasha faced a life and death decision during a US sponsored rescue operation in the Congo to evacuate massacre survivors that ultimately led to starting RefugePoint. He previously consulted for the UN Refugee Agency and worked for the International Organization for Migration across Africa in refugee resettlement and relief operations. He has appeared on 60 Minutes multiple times in connection with the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan, is a featured story-teller on NPR’s Moth Radio Hour, and writes and speaks regularly on refugee affairs.

He has received social entrepreneur fellowships from the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Ashoka, and Echoing Green, and is a recipient of the Charles Bronfman Humanitarian Prize, Harvard University Center for Public Leadership’s Gleitsman International Activist Award, and is a 2015 White House Champion of Change. Sasha is a member of the steering committee for New England International Donors, and a human rights adviser to The Leir Charitable Foundations. He recently served as an adviser to the Warner Bros. film The Good Lie starring Reese Witherspoon, and helped establish its charitable initiative, The Good Lie Fund, which he currently advises.
Sasha holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. in Humanitarian Assistance, from the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Friedman School of Nutrition, Science, and Policy.

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