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Aura Kanegis, director of public policy and advocacy

R. Aura Kanegis serves as the AFSC’s director of public policy and advocacy, providing strategic direction for all aspects of the organization’s efforts to effect policy change. Prior to joining AFSC, she served as director of campaigns and Iraq Peace Campaign director for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). Aura previously worked for over a decade on issues impacting Native American communities, serving the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) first as deputy director for governmental affairs and subsequently as director of operations and programs, as director of communications and development for the First Nations Development Institute, and as coordinator for the FCNL Native American Program and chair of the Native American Working Group of the Washington Inter-religious Staff Community. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Armand Hammer United World College. She lives in Washington D.C. with her wife and two kids, where she performs regularly as lead vocalist for Band Brûlée.