Sasha Chanoff

Sasha Chanoff is an advisor of The Good Lie Fund, the philanthropic initiative of the feature film The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon. He is also a human rights advisor for the Leir Charitable Foundations based in New York and Connecticut, where he advises on human rights and humanitarian issues for the foundations and has organized Leir Foundation Human Rights Conferences, bringing together heads of NGOs, practitioners, philanthropists, academics, and others. He is the founder and Executive Director of RefugePoint, a humanitarian organization that finds lasting solutions for the world’s most vulnerable refugees. Sasha and father David Chanoff have co-authored a new book titled From Crisis to Calling: Finding Your Moral Center in the Toughest Decisions. With a foreword by David Gergen, this book is about defining moral decision points in leadership, and is based on a life and death dilemma Sasha faced during a US rescue operation into the Congo to evacuate massacre survivors. Prior to RefugePoint, he worked in refugee relief operations with the UN Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migration, collaborating with the US, Canadian and Australian governments on refugee rescue and protection operations across Africa. 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. He is an Ashoka, Echoing Green and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation fellow and a recipient of the 2010 Charles Bronfman Humanitarian Prize, the 2013 Gleitsman International Activist Award from the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, and a White House Champion of Change.