Mr. Amos Izerimana, Director of International and Immigrant Affairs, Office of the Mayor, Louisville

Mr. Amos Izerimana, Director of International and Immigrant Affairs, Office of the Mayor, Louisville

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Mr. Amos Izerimana joined the Louisville Mayor’s office of International and Immigrant Affairs in September 2020, and was appointed Director in January 2023. Within the Mayor’s office he has led the Office for Globalization through an administration transition, designed and facilitated “Global Connections” discussions with international affairs experts and local community leaders to promote compassion in the city, developed city’s language access policies to advance its welcoming agenda, and facilitated multicultural competency trainings with city and external agencies to inspire equity-focused strategic planning, program design, and service delivery processes.

A native of Burundi, Mr. Izerimana has worked with Mediators Beyond Borders International, in Washington, D.C., to develop the first Early Warning Early Response mechanism to prevent and mitigate violence in the United States. He designed and taught distance learning curricula in peacebuilding at Berea College, and has worked with the Kortz Funke immigration law firm. From 2018 to 2019 he was with the Initiatives of Change Switzerland as a Caux Scholar.

In 2015 Amos founded Tuvugane, Inc., a Louisville NGO designed to develop and manage an inter-generational dialogue program for the Burundian American diaspora community to address historical tensions, inter-generational trauma, and foster coexistence. In this capacity he led fundraising activities and built relationships to host annual convenings, an annual professional and business networking symposium, and core community and economic development programs.

Mr. Izerimana has a BA from Berea College, an MA in International Law and Human Rights from the UN Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, and an MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence from Brandeis University.