EP #37: Krish O’Mara Vignarajah – Former Policy Director To Michelle Obama + President/CEO Of LIRS

Krish O’Mara Vignarajah is a Marshall Scholar and an immigration advocate serving as President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (@lirsorg). If her last name sounds familiar, it’s because her brother Thiru Vignarajah was interviewed in EP 16! (make sure to check out that episode)

She joins Ara on the latest episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss growing up in #Baltimore, the lessons learned in losing an election, working with Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) and the lifelong learning benefit of such an opportunity, having a bout with breast cancer, and much more.

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– Twitter (https://twitter.com/KrishVignarajah)
– LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/krish-o-mara-vignarajah-34382683/)

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00:19 – Ara introduces this week’s guest, Krish O’Mara Vignarajah
01:44 – Krish speaks on the impact of her parents’ support
05:09 – What it was like growing up in Baltimore
08:04 – Krish’s decision to pursue political science at Yale
10:42 – Will Ivy League Schools maintain their brand recognition?
16:14 – How did Krish become the policy director to former First Lady, Michelle Obama
21:46 – Securing a role as the President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
24:31 – Handling the ISIS crisis
27:11 – What surprised Krish about the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, after joining it
29:42 – Losing an election, and the learning lesson it created
33:17 – Breastfeeding on camera as part of her campaign
36:39 – The personal legacy Krish wants to leave behind
38:18 – Advice she would give her 16-year-old self
39:26 – Lifelong learning, podcasts / books Krish values
41:41 – Creator Confessions
48:53 – The Wrap Up

Intro Music

Produced And Mixed By:
– The Tamil Creator
– Yanchan

Written By:
– Aravinthan Ehamparam
– Yanchan Rajmohan