World Relief Promotes Jenny Yang To VP of Advocacy And Policy
Published author and one of Christianity Today’s“50 Women to Watch,” Yang Will Continue to Strengthen Advocacy Initiatives and Policy Positions at World Relief
World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, today announced the promotion of Jenny Yang from Director to Vice President of Advocacy and Policy. Yang, who is already well known for her work with members of Congress and the Administration on refugee and immigration policy, will continue to strengthen these efforts while also elevating the importance of all World Relief advocacy initiatives and policy positions in this newly expanded role.
“It is with great joy that we announce the promotion of Jenny Yang to vice president of advocacy and policy at World Relief,” said Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of the organization. “Jenny has a tremendous passion for and dedication to advocacy work, which is demonstrated in her published work sand recent recognition as one of the ‘50 Women to Watch,’ by Christianity Today. Jenny is helping us elevate the importance of advocacy within World Relief. She is exceptionally qualified for the roll.”
Prior to her director position at the organization, Yang worked with World Relief’s US Programs where she focused on advocacy for refugees in the East Asia region. Yang also co-authored Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate, a book that offers a Christian response to immigration by putting a human face on the issue and telling stories of immigrants' experiences in and out of the system.
In 2013 Yang is writing for the Regnum Diaspora series and the “I Speak for Myself” anthology of first-person narratives of Christian women under 40. Yang has also written commentary for a wide range of news publications and television programs including: The Economist, New York Times, CNN, Washington Times, Christianity Today, Christian Post, and Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) among others.
Yang also dedicates her time to serving as Chair of the Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) Africa Work Group, which brings nonprofit organizations and government partners together around the protection of African refugees. She also frequently speaks at colleges, churches, conferences, and events on issues related to justice and immigration.
Prior to joining World Relief, Yang worked at one of the largest political fundraising firms in Maryland where she managed fundraising and campaigning for local politicians. She also gained extensive experience researching refugee and asylum law in Madrid, Spain through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and is currently on a deployment resettlement roster for UNHCR.
For more information on Yang and World Relief’s advocacy work, please visit www.worldrelief.org.
About World Relief
World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, is a faith-based international relief and development organization committed to serving the most vulnerable populations through the local church. World Relief currently works on five continents, in some of the most impoverished areas of the world. In the United States, World Relief focuses on serving the foreign-born, including providing immigration legal services to refugees, asylees, parolees, victims of trafficking and other vulnerable immigrants in twenty-four cities around the country. World Relief also supports churches in developing immigration legal services programs. Since 1979, World Relief has resettled over 236,000 refugees in the United States. For more information: www.worldrelief.org.