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Aaron Rippenkroeger

President and CEO, Refugee Services of Texas


Aaron Rippenkroeger is president & CEO of the nonprofit refugee resettlement agency Refugee Services of Texas. He began his career with the International Rescue Committee, a refugee resettlement agency based in New York. For five years, he worked at IRC - Africa, responding to emergency forced migration movements in the Congo, South Darfur and Burundi, and later as a program officer for Asia and the Caucasus. Based in Austin, he now oversees RST’s refugee resettlement locations in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston.

Latest Columns

Why we need to welcome refugees

Our divergent relationships with refugees have been on high-profile display even as we experience the largest waves of displaced people the world has seen in modern times — due in large measure to the tragic civil conflict in Syria. Yet as the U.S. and other world nations pause to commemorate World Refugee Day on June 20, one simple fact continues to be overlooked: We in America need to welcome refugees.