Kjerstin Erickson, the founder and Executive Director of FORGE
. FORGE is a US-based
nonprofit organization that facilitates African refugees’
developing and running projects in their communities that range
from libraries to health centers to microlending programs to
Erickson founded FORGE in 2003, when she was a 20 year-old junior
studying Public Policy at Stanford University. Now 26, Kjerstin
continues to manage FORGE's operations, growth and development.
FORGE serves 60,000 refugees in 3 different refugee camps in
Southern Africa, and is an official Operating Partner of the United
Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR). She has been named a Haas
Public Service Fellow at Stanford, a "Top 10 College Woman" by
, and a
"Person You Should Know" by CNN.
A transcript of this interview is available on my blog,
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