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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

In Texas, we are all America

Last year was marked by division and strife, but 2018 does not have to repeat this pattern. This year, let us all stand in solidarity with the survivors and refugees of war and genocide, and together make it a year of unity, cooperation and compassion.

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.