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Profile: Pramila Jayapal

Pramila Jayapal is the founder and Executive Director of OneAmerica. Started in the wake of 9-11, OneAmerica has grown to become the largest immigrant advocacy organization in Washington state and a leading force for immigrant rights nationally. Under Ms. Jayapal’s leadership, OneAmerica has organized tens of thousands of diverse immigrants around immigration reform, immigrant integration and racial profiling; registered and mobilized over 25,000 New American voters; built unusual alliances; and achieved significant policy change.

Ms. Jayapal is an immigrant from India and has spent over twenty years working for social justice in the U.S. and internationally. She is also a published writer of essays and a book, and the proud mother of a 14-year old son. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including being named by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of 20 Women of Influence, whose work “moves the needle on critical issues”.

Ms. Jayapal has 20 years of experience in social justice work, domestically and internationally. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a B.A. from Georgetown University in English and Economics. She is the author of several essays, articles, and a book (Pilgrimage to India: A Woman Revisits Her Homeland, 2000). Ms. Jayapal was born in India, and raised in India, Indonesia and Singapore. She is the proud mother of an 14-year old child.

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