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Chris Purdy

Director, Veterans for American Ideals and Outreach

Chris Purdy is the Director of Veterans for American Ideals and Outreach 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.

June 20, 2022
WASHINGTON – To commemorate World Refugee Day, the Evacuate Our Allies coalition (EOA) calls on Congress and the Biden administration to protect Afghan refugees by passing an Afghan Adjustment Act...
June 14, 2022
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May 26, 2022
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May 15, 2022
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