Sasha Chanoff

Founder and Executive Director,
RefugePoint

Sasha Chanoff has worked for two decades in refugee rescue, relief, and resettlement operations. He is the founder and executive director of RefugePoint, a humanitarian organization that finds lasting solutions for the most at risk refugees. Prior to launching RefugePoint, Sasha consulted with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and worked with the International Organization for Migration throughout Africa, identifying refugees in danger, undertaking rescue missions, and working on refugee protection issues with the US, Canadian, Australian, and other governments.

Chanoff has appeared on “60 Minutes” multiple times, is a featured story-teller on NPR’s “Moth Radio Hour”, and writes and speaks regularly on refugee affairs. He is currently writing a book about defining moral moments in leadership using a US rescue operation to evacuate refugees from the Congo as the basis for his book. With a foreword by David Gergen, “From Crisis to Calling: Finding your Moral Center in the Toughest Decisions” will be published in June 2016 with Berrett-Koehler.

Chanoff has received fellowships from the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Ashoka, and Echoing Green, and is a recipient of the Charles Bronfman Humanitarian Prize, Harvard’s Gleitsman International Activist Award, and is a 2015 White House Champion of Change. He is a member of the steering committee for New England International Donors, and a human rights adviser to The Leir Charitable Foundations. Chanoff recently served as an adviser to the Warner Bros. film “The Good Lie” starring Reese Witherspoon, and helped establish its charitable initiative, The Good Lie Fund, which he currently advises.

Chanoff holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA in Humanitarian Assistance, from the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Friedman School of Nutrition, Science, and Policy.