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Adam Thongsavat

Board of Directors

“Growing up in Merced, CA, home to many Southeast Asian refugees particularly Hmong, Lao and Mien, I witnessed firsthand the profound impact of war and the deep socioeconomic struggles as 1st generation Americans struggle to resettle in the United States. It was that experience that led me to become deeply interested in how public policy decisions shape the lives of refugees, immigrants, and citizens. When I first learned about the history the bombings and the 80 million tons of UXO that still remain in the ground, I knew I had to be involved in an organization that was devoted towards ending this tragic legacy of war.”

My Story

Adam currently serves as a Legislative Aide to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors focusing on housing and land use policy. Prior to joining local government, Adam served as the Democratic National Committee Regional Director for the West and Midwest. 

Adam's journey with Legacies of War started in 2013 when he led “Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives”, a groundbreaking national speakers tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department. On the tour, Legacies traveled to 12 cities across the United States and hosted 17 public events which included a kickoff at the United Nations. Adam has stayed active with Legacies as a volunteer since 2014.

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