Folabi Olagbaju is LIRS Director for Outreach where he leads the organization’s external relations with Lutheran congregations, migrants and refugees engaging them on key organizational priority advocacy issues. Prior to joining LIRS, Folabi was Director of Amnesty International USA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office where he managed the regional field program work and translated AIUSA’s human rights agenda into grassroots membership organizing plan and transformative human rights victories. Prior to joining Amnesty International, was with US labor movement as a Research Organizer with the Service Employees International Union where he helped low wage workers organize Unions and negotiate collective bargaining agreements. He holds a doctorate in political science from the George Washington University.
Rev. Michael Rinehart is Bishop of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a community of over one hundred congregations, campus ministries, retreat centers, and other agencies. He studied music at Valparaiso University, a Lutheran university in Valparaiso, Indiana. He received his Master of Divinity at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He lives in Montgomery, Texas with his wife and children.
Hari Koirala is a former refugee from Bhutan who came to USA back in 2008. He was brought to a refugee camp in Nepal when he was five years old and was there for 17 years before coming to Utah. He now resides in Salt Lake City, Utah and is a proud citizen of United States of America. He has completed a Bachelor in Science from Tribhuwan University, one of the esteemed public universities of Nepal. He is now a certified public manager, accredited by state of Utah. After being refugee he has been advocating for the issues faced by refugee children, youths and elders since 1998 as a children forum coordinator. When he first came Utah, he served on the Board of Directors for his community organization to continue his efforts to help refugees and immigrants relentlessly. He has been able to advocate and lobby for refugees and immigrant matters in city, state and federal levels. Currently, he works with the state of Utah, Department of Workforce Services as an employment counselor assisting refugee clients in becoming self-sufficient. His passion is advocacy.