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Sera Koulabdara,

Executive Director | Sera@legaciesofwar.org

It’s been 30 years and I can still hear my father’s voice.

“This is the path that you take, do not veer off or the tigers and the nagas will come and get you!”
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Sera Koulabdara (Sa-rah Goo-lap-dah lah) (She/Her) serves as Executive Director of Legacies of War, the only international U.S.-based  advocacy and educational organization working to address the impacts of the American Secret War in Laos and conflict in its neighboring countries of Cambodia and Vietnam during the Vietnam War-era, including the removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and victims/survivor assistance. Prior to this role, Sera was a long time volunteer and served on Legacies’ board for over 5 years in multiple leadership positions including Vice-Chair.

Under Sera’s leadership, US funding for UXO clearance in Laos reached $45M – the highest level in history and the Legacies of War Recognition and UXO Removal Act was introduced by Senator Baldwin (D-WI) and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS). If approved, this historic bill will recognize the people of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam who fought alongside American troops during the Vietnam War and authorizes landmark funding of $500M over  5 years divided among the 3 countries of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Legacies of War also received the inaugural Humanitarian Award of 2022 given by the Lao PDR for its successful advocacy efforts in securing funds for bomb removal and victims assistance.

Sera is a proud Buckeye and received her undergraduate degree from THE Ohio State University and graduated with a double major in International Finance and Marketing and a minor in Spanish.