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Honorary Co-Chairs

Resettling our new Afghan neighbors requires a whole-country response. That’s why three former Presidents and three former First Ladies have joined us as leaders of this effort – above all, to lift up everyone else involved and remind us that this is our opportunity, in a time of all too much division, for common purpose.

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush

Laura Bush

Laura Bush

President Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton

Secretary Hillary Clinton

Secretary Hillary Clinton

National Welcome Council

Our Welcome Council includes a small but diverse selection of the thousands of people contributing to the movement of welcome. While they might not agree on every specific, they share a common belief that welcoming newcomers is inherent to who we are at our best and a commitment to lifting up that message in their respective communities.

Ambassador Javid Ahmad

Ambassador Javid Ahmad

Atlantic Council

Mozhgan Wafiq Alokozai

Mozhgan Wafiq Alokozai

Founder/CEO Of Eagle Online Academy

Basma Alawee

Basma Alawee

National Campaign Manager, National Partnership for New Americans

Sharif Aly

Sharif Aly

CEO, Islamic Relief USA

Rina Amiri

Rina Amiri

Shamail Amiri

Shamail Amiri

Delegate for California. Refugee Congress

Nazanin Ash

Nazanin Ash

VP, Global Policy and Advocacy, International Rescue Committee

Bilal Askaryar

Bilal Askaryar

Influencer and Activist

Joseph Azam

Joseph Azam

Board Member, Afghan-American Foundation

Rye Barcott

Rye Barcott

CEO, With Honor

Dan Bartlett

Dan Bartlett

EVP, Corporate Affairs, Walmart

Jenna Ben-Yahuda

Jenna Ben-Yahuda

President & CEO, Truman National Security Project

Mayor R.J. Berry

Mayor R.J. Berry

Former Mayor, Albuquerque

Rich Besser

Rich Besser

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Nate Blecharczyk

Nate Blecharczyk

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Airbnb

Rebecca Blumenstein

Rebecca Blumenstein

Deputy Managing Editor, The New York Times

Josh Bolten

Josh Bolten

President & CEO, Business Roundtable

Michael Breen

Michael Breen

President & CEO, Human Rights First

John Bridgeland

John Bridgeland

Co-Chair, Welcome.Us

Governor Sam Brownback

Governor Sam Brownback

Former Governor and Senator, Kansas

Mary Beth Bruggeman

Mary Beth Bruggeman

CEO, The Mission Continues

Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL)

Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL)

Former Governor, Florida

Caleb Campbell

Caleb Campbell

Lead Pastor, Desert Springs Bible Church

Bill Canny

Bill Canny

Executive Director, Migration and Refugee Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Bonnie Carroll

Bonnie Carroll

President & Founder, TAPS

Maureen E. Casey

Maureen E. Casey

COO, Institute for Veterans and Military Families

Carolyn Cawley

Carolyn Cawley

President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Oscar Chacon

Oscar Chacon

Executive Director, Alianza Americas

Ray Chambers

Ray Chambers

Ambassador for Global Strategy. WHO

Wendy Chan

Wendy Chan

Co-founder, One Journey Festival

Sasha Chanoff

Sasha Chanoff

Founder & Executive Director, Refuge Point

Brian Chesky

Brian Chesky

Co-Founder & CEO, Airbnb

Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra

Founder, The Chopra Foundation

John Culver

John Culver

COO, Starbucks Coffee Company

Bishop Michael Curry

Bishop Michael Curry

The Episcopal Church

Mizgon Darby

Mizgon Darby

Program Manager, Afghan Coalition

Farhad Darya

Farhad Darya

Afghan Singer

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Kathy Roth-Duquet

Kathy Roth-Duquet

CEO, Blue Star Families

Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville

Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville

USCCB Committee on Migration

Margo Drakos

Margo Drakos

Co-Founder, Artist Year

Allison Duvall

Allison Duvall

Church Relations and Engagement, Episcopal Migration Ministries

Gary Edson

Gary Edson

President, COVID Collaborative

Eric Eversole

Eric Eversole

President, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Elham Fanous

Elham Fanous

Musician

Geeta Farahmand

Geeta Farahmand

Refugee Congress

David French

David French

Senior Editor, The Dispatch

Joe Gebbia

Joe Gebbia

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Airbnb

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson

Columnist, The Washington Post

Don Gips

Don Gips

CEO, Skoll Foundation

Tony Goldwyn

Tony Goldwyn

Actor, Director, and Activist

Reverend Cynthia Hale

Reverend Cynthia Hale

Founder & Senior Pastor, Ray of Hope Christian Church

Cherie Harder

Cherie Harder

President, The Trinity Forum

Nadia Hashimi

Nadia Hashimi

Pediatrician and Novelist

Stephen Heintz

Stephen Heintz

President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Becca Heller

Becca Heller

Executive Director, IRAP

Wade Henderson

Wade Henderson

Interim President & CEO, The Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights

Gov. Gary Herbert (R-UT)

Gov. Gary Herbert (R-UT)

Former Governor, Utah

Mark Hetfield

Mark Hetfield

President & CEO, HIAS

Marielena Hincapie

Marielena Hincapie

Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center

Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini

Afghan-American novelist

Dave Isay

Dave Isay

CEO, StoryCorps

Laleh Ispahani

Laleh Ispahani

Co-Director, Open Society Foundations

Laurene Powell Jobs

Laurene Powell Jobs

President, Emerson Collective

Secretary Jeh Johnson

Secretary Jeh Johnson

Former Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

Guerline Jozef

Guerline Jozef

Co-founder & Executive Director, Haitian Bridge Alliance

Erol Kekic

Erol Kekic

Senior Vice President, CWS

Governor Dirk Kempthorne (R-ID)

Governor Dirk Kempthorne (R-ID)

Former Governor, Idaho, Former Secretary of Interior

Sean Kennedy

Sean Kennedy

Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, National Restaurant Association

Alan Khazei

Alan Khazei

Co-Founder, City Year

Walter Kim

Walter Kim

President, National Association of Evangelicals

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum

Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah

Sarah Krause

Sarah Krause

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Community Sponsorship Hub

Jina Krause-Vilmar

Jina Krause-Vilmar

President & CEO, Upwardly Global

David Linde

David Linde

CEO, Participant

Michael Linnington

Michael Linnington

CEO, Wounded Warrior Project

Eric Liu

Eric Liu

CEO, Citizen University

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

Musician

Imam Mohamed Magid

Imam Mohamed Magid

Board of Trustees, All Dulles Area Muslim Society

Katherine Maher

Katherine Maher

Former CEO, Wikimedia Foundation

Gregory Maniatis

Gregory Maniatis

Director, International Migration Initiative, Open Society Foundations

Ryan Manion

Ryan Manion

CEO, Travis Manion Foundation

Anita McBride

Anita McBride

Fmr. Chief of Staff to Laura Bush & US-Afghan Women's Council

General Stan McChrystal

General Stan McChrystal

Commander, Joint Special Operations Command

David McCraw

David McCraw

VP & Deputy General Counsel, New York Times

Nicole Melaku

Nicole Melaku

Executive Director, National Partnership for New Americans

Debra Messing

Debra Messing

Actress & Activist

David Miliband

David Miliband

President & CEO, International Rescue Committee

Rabbi Jack Moline

Rabbi Jack Moline

President, Interfaith Alliance

Cecilia Munoz

Cecilia Munoz

Co-Chair, Welcome.Us

Janet Murguia

Janet Murguia

President & CEO, UnidosUS

Eskinder Negash

Eskinder Negash

President & CEO, USCRI

Ali Noorani

Ali Noorani

President & CEO, National Immigration Forum

Michelle Nunn

Michelle Nunn

President & CEO, CARE

Paul O'Brien

Paul O'Brien

Executive Director, Amnesty International USA

Edafe Okporo

Edafe Okporo

Activist & Author

David Paine

David Paine

Co-Founder, 9/11 Day

Chris Palusky

Chris Palusky

President & CEO, Bethany

Governor Deval  Patrick (D-MA)

Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA)

Former Governor, Massachusetts

Nillab Pazhwak

Nillab Pazhwak

Co-founder, Board Member, Afghan-American Women Association

Ai-jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo

Co-founder & Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

Farhat Popal

Farhat Popal

Advisor, Women's Initiative, George W. Bush Institute

Secretary Steve Preston

Secretary Steve Preston

President & CEO, Goodwill Industries International

Chris Purdy

Chris Purdy

Director, VFAI

Secretary Condoleezza Rice

Secretary Condoleezza Rice

Former Secretary of State

Jeremy Robbins

Jeremy Robbins

Executive Director, New American Economy

Kenneth Roth

Kenneth Roth

Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

Reverend Gabe Salguero

Reverend Gabe Salguero

President & Founder, National Latino Evangelical Coalition

Rabbi David Saperstein

Rabbi David Saperstein

Former Ambassador for International Religious Freedom

Eric & Wendy Schmidt

Eric & Wendy Schmidt

Schmidt Futures, Former Google CEO

Sheri Kersch Schultz

Sheri Kersch Schultz

Co-founder & Chair, Schultz Family Foundation

Howard Schultz

Howard Schultz

Former CEO & Chairman Emeritus, Starbucks Coffee Company

Eric Schwartz

Eric Schwartz

President, Refugees International

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS)

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS)

Former Governor, Kansas

Ed Shapiro

Ed Shapiro

Trustee, Shapiro Family Foundation

Sarah Sheffer

Sarah Sheffer

Interim Director, Refugee Advocacy Lab

Lisa Sherman

Lisa Sherman

President & CEO, Ad Council

Billy Shore

Billy Shore

Founder & CEO, Share our Strength

Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver

Journalist & Author

Tim Shriver

Tim Shriver

OAP, Special Olympics, UNITE

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter

CEO, New America

John Slocum

John Slocum

Interim Executive Director, RCUSA

Brad Smith

Brad Smith

President, Microsoft

Jay Snyder

Jay Snyder

Founder & Chairman, Open Hands Initiative

Stephanie Summers

Stephanie Summers

CEO, Center for Public Justice

Tsehaye Teferra

Tsehaye Teferra

President & CEO, ECDC

Cardinal Joseph Tobin

Cardinal Joseph Tobin

Archdiocese of Newark

Natalie Tran

Natalie Tran

Executive Director, Creative Artists Agency Foundation

Hamdi Ulukaya

Hamdi Ulukaya

CEO, Chobani

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Krish O'Mara Vignarajah

Krish O'Mara Vignarajah

President & CEO, LIRS

Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford

Actor, Producer, & Activist

Hon. Doug Wilson

Hon. Doug Wilson

Co-Founder & Board Chair, Vets’ Community Connections

Jim Winkler

Jim Winkler

President & General Secretary, National Council of Churches

Jay Winuk

Jay Winuk

Co-Founder, 9/11 Day

Jake Wood

Jake Wood

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Team Rubicon

Jenny Yang

Jenny Yang

SVP of Advocacy & Policy, World Relief

Nili Sarit Yossinger

Nili Sarit Yossinger

Executive Director, Refugee Congress

Wendy Young

Wendy Young

President, KIND

Welcome Coalition

Together, this inspiring coalition of national and local non-profits has served thousands of people in hundreds of communities for dozens of years. Whether by resettling newcomers, providing basic needs, advocating for human rights, lifting up the Afghan diaspora, or serving veterans, all of these groups are stepping up and leading at this critical moment.

Afghan-American-Foundation
Afghan Coalition
Afghan-American Women's Association
Afghan Diaspora Hub
Alianza Americas
American Immigration Council
Americas Voice
Amnesty International USA
Association of Wartime Allies
Asylum Access
Bethany Christian Services
Blue Star Families
BPSOS
CARE
Center for Victims of Torture
Center Migration Studies (CMS)
CGRS
Chicago Refugee Coalition
Church World Service
Climate Refugees
Common Defense
Community Sponsorship Hub
Dream Corps
Elizabeth Dole Foundation
Episcopal Migration Ministries
Ethiopian Community Development Council
Evacuate Our Allies
Fresh Start Refugee Assistance Center
Fugees Family
Global Ties Network
Globally
Goodwill Industries International
Guilford College
Haitian Bridge Alliance
Hello Neighbor Network
HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)
High Ground Veterans Advocacy
Human Rights First
Human Rights Watch
Immigrant Advocates Response
Immigrant ARC
Institute for Veterans and Military Families
Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)
International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
International Rescue Committee
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Islamic Relief USA
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)
Lafayette College, PA
Leadership Conference
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Mayors Migration Council
Miles4Migrants
Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
Military Spouse Advocacy Network
Nation's Finest
National Immigration Forum
National Latino Evangelical Coalition
National Partnership for New Americans
National Restaurant Association
New American Economy
NILC
Niskanen Center
Open Hands Initiative
Oxfam America
Psycharmor
Rainbow Railroad
Red Cross
Refuge Point
Refugee Advocacy Lab
Refugee Congress
Refugee Council USA
Refugees International
Save the Children
Secure Families Initiative
Share our Strength
Special Olympics International
Student Veterans of America
Tahirih Justice Center
Talent Beyond Boundaries
Team Rubicon
TIEC
The Independence Fund
The Mission Continues
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
Travis Manion Foundation
Truman Center for National Policy
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation-Hiring Our Heroes
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
U.S. Conference of Mayors
UnidosUS
UNITE
United Stateless
 (USCCB/MRS)
Upwardly Global
USA for UNHCR
USA Hello
Veterans for American Ideals (VFAI)
Vets' Community Connections
WADAN (The Welfare Association for the Development of Afghanistan)
Wake Forest University
We Are All America
Weavetales
Welcome Fund
Welcome to America Project
Welcoming America
With Honor Action
Women for Afghan Women
World Relief
Wounded Warrior Project

Welcome Businesses

Each of these businesses and conveners had already made a commitment to support the welcoming of Afghan newcomers into the United States, whether through financial or in-kind contributions. We are proud to unite them on this platform and, we hope, encourage other companies to follow their lead in the coming weeks and months.

AirBNB
Tent
Walmart
Starbucks
Baby2Baby
Bitwise Industries
Businesses For Refugees
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Facebook
Gibson Dunn
Go Fund Me
Hiring Our Heroes
Instacart
Microsoft
Natl Restaurant Association
R/GA
Uber
US Chamber of Commerce

Welcome Sponsors

This is a moment in which committed philanthropic organizations are rightfully putting the vast majority of funding toward work happening on the front lines. This group of funders chose to also enable the launch of Welcome.Us so that, together, we can amplify those efforts and mobilize the American people to support them.

MCJ Amelior Foundation
OpenSociety
Rockefeller
Schmidt
Schultz
Shapiro Foundation
Skoll
Walmart

Welcome Launch Team

Welcome.US emerged from a non-partisan, non-profit incubator for projects that turn common pain into common purpose. A team of all-in collaborators, including the leaders below, helped bring it to life over the course of several weeks. But the long-term team is still in formation. If you are interested in joining, please write to [email protected] immediately.

Cecilia Muñoz

Cecilia Muñoz

Co-Chair

John Bridgeland

John Bridgeland

Co-Chair

Andrew Mangino

Andrew Mangino

Launch Director

Denise Bell

Denise Bell

Partnerships Director

Alan Khazei

Alan Khazei

Senior Advisor

Andy Ogden

Andy Ogden

Creative Director