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ForumNation Episode 1 - Daranee Petsod

Daranee Petsod: Advocate for Immigrants & Refugees, Bridge Builder, Surfer

For more than three decades, Daranee Petsod has devoted her career to fighting for justice and equity for immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers, working primarily in the philanthropic sector. She has worked for such philanthropic organizations as the Sophia Fund, the United Way of Metro Chicago and the Field Foundation if Illinois. Since 1998, she has served as President of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), an influential national network of funders dedicated to uplifting the contributions and addressing the needs of our country's immigrant and refugee populations. Daranee explains to Dave how her experience as a young immigrant from Thailand has shaped her career work as a bridge-builder, what it's been like for GCIR to be thrust into the frontlines of our country's immigration debate, and how surfing has helped her manage the stresses of her work. Read a transcript of this episode.