Eskinder Negash, Director, Office of Refugee Resettlement
Eskinder Negash is the Director of Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), within the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ORR provides people in need, including refugees, asylees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, victims of human trafficking, unaccompanied alien children, and survivors of torture, with critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society. Since the formation of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in 1980, ORR has provided benefits and services to many of the 2 million refugees who have resettled in the U.S.
Mr. Negash brings nearly 30 years of experience working on behalf of refugees and immigrants, and managing non-profit social service agencies. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Negash served as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the US Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), a non-governmental, not-for-profit international organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide. USCRI aims to advance fair and humane public policy, facilitate and provide direct professional services, and promote the full participation of migrants in community life with a network of through 35 social service agencies across the U.S. and overseas.
Before joining USCRI, Mr. Negash served as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the International Institute of Los Angeles for 15 years. Founded in 1914, the International Institute is a non-profit, public benefit organization whose mission is to help immigrants and refugees adapt to a new culture and become self sufficient. The International Institute’s programs include immigration, legal assistance, refugee resettlement and employment, pre-employment training, CALWORKs employment program, childcare, early childhood education, senior citizens’ services, and child nutrition programs.
Mr. Negash served as a board member with several non-profit organizations, including two years as chair of the Joint Voluntary Agencies Committee of California, chair of the California State Refugee Advisory Council, board member of Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and chair of the Finance Committee.
Mr. Negash is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, CA.