Linda Hartke

last updated 12/26/2017

Linda Hartke

President and Chief Executive Officer at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Location:
700 Light St, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
HQ Phone:
(410) 230-2700

General Information

Experience

Deputy Director - Church World Service Inc

Executive Director - Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance

Executive Director - Democratic Party

Education

B. A. - government , and religion and biblical literature , Smith College

Affiliations

Board of Trustees Member - The Center for Migration Studies

Member - Christ Lutheran Church

Member - Evangelical Lutheran Church

Chairperson of the Board of Directors - Amnesty International

Member of the Steering Committee - Chairs

Advisor On Refugee Issues - the State Department

Board Member - ELCA Church

Board Member - Khemara

Board Member - Amnesty International Group 137

Board Member - The World AIDS Campaign

Board Member - Rose Marie Khoo Foundation

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Linda Hartke - The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS)

Linda Hartke
Search Our People Linda Hartke Linda Hartke President and Chief Executive Officer Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) Linda Hartke is President and CEO for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS). In her role, Ms. Hartke oversees the direction and growth of LIRS and serves as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors. She has broadened LIRS's reach to transform the lives of more newcomers and individuals who stand alongside them. Under Ms. Hartke's leadership, LIRS has impacted major federal policies on immigration, grown the culture of welcome in American communities, and strengthened the participation of Lutherans and new Americans in volunteer and advocacy roles. Financial support has dramatically increased and diversified, and the programmatic reach of LIRS has expanded. Ms. Hartke's strategic vision for LIRS is to be a catalyst for creating communities of welcome where newcomers can thrive. Ms. Hartke's leadership experience is exemplified by her previous role as the executive director of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, a global network of churches and agencies engaged in advocacy, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Her expertise on migrant issues comes from serving as chief of staff to Rep. Chet Atkins (D-MA), where she worked on issues affecting the Southeast Asian refugee community. Her passion for serving vulnerable migrants continued after her time on Capitol Hill, first as country director for Church World Service in Cambodia, and then as director of programs and operations at its New York headquarters. An active Lutheran, Ms. Hartke is a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Baltimore and serves on the boards of several faith-based and advocacy organizations.

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About - The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS)

Linda Hartke
Linda Hartke President and Chief Executive Officer Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) Linda Hartke is President and CEO for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS). In her role, Ms. Hartke oversees the direction and growth of LIRS and serves as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors. She has broadened LIRS's reach to transform the lives of more newcomers and individuals who stand alongside them. Under Ms. Hartke's leadership, LIRS has impacted major federal policies on immigration, grown the culture of welcome in American communities, and strengthened the participation of Lutherans and new Americans in volunteer and advocacy roles. Financial support has dramatically increased and diversified, and the programmatic reach of LIRS has expanded. Ms. Hartke's strategic vision for LIRS is to be a catalyst for creating communities of welcome where newcomers can thrive. Ms. Hartke's leadership experience is exemplified by her previous role as the executive director of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, a global network of churches and agencies engaged in advocacy, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Her expertise on migrant issues comes from serving as chief of staff to Rep. Chet Atkins (D-MA), where she worked on issues affecting the Southeast Asian refugee community. Her passion for serving vulnerable migrants continued after her time on Capitol Hill, first as country director for Church World Service in Cambodia, and then as director of programs and operations at its New York headquarters. An active Lutheran, Ms. Hartke is a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Baltimore and serves on the boards of several faith-based and advocacy organizations.

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Fewer Refugees Allowed Into the U.S. Next Year | Get Legal Help Today

Linda Hartke, the president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, said, "The threat of a drastically low ceiling on refugee arrivals in the U.S. is contrary to American values and the spirit of generosity in American churches and communities."
Each President is free to limit the number of refugees allowed into the country. Before he left office, President Obama put the cap at 110,000.

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