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Chris Purdy

Project Manager, Veterans for American Ideals

Chris Purdy is the Project Manager of the Veterans for American Ideals program at Human Rights First. He’s worked on the VFAI project first as a volunteer and then on staff since 2016. In his time as a volunteer, Chris worked hard to build veteran/community relationships across the southeast, from his home in Atlanta. 

Prior to this position, he developed school reform programs and policy with the Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools. Chris also served as the Director of After School and Summer Programs where he worked to reform the summer education program. He also spent time as a Lead Teacher for the District of Columbia Public Schools. Chris served for eight years in the Army National Guard where he deployed internationally to Iraq and Thailand.

Chris is a member of the Truman National Security Project, Georgia Forward, and LEAD Atlanta. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the State University of New York College at Fredonia, a Master’s of Education, Inclusive Education from Nazareth College of Rochester, and a Master’s of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

July 20, 2021
WASHINGTON – The State Department today confirmed that approximately 2,500 Afghans –  700 nationals who aided the U.S. war effort and their families – will be temporarily housed at a U.S. army...
July 14, 2021
WASHINGTON – With reports that the Biden administration will commence “Operation Allies Refuge” later this month to evacuate Afghan allies as the U.S. completes its military withdrawal from...
July 02, 2021
WASHINGTON -- Human Rights First and Veterans for American Ideals strongly condemn the Biden administration’s decision to ask the Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to...
June 24, 2021
WASHINGTON – As the U.S. quickly approaches the formal withdrawal date from Afghanistan, today, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Afghan allies who served with U.S. forces, and veterans of the conflicts in...