Tenzin Namdol

University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business

Tenzin Namdol is from Dharamshala, India where the quote, “it takes a village to raise a child” encompassed her childhood. She was raised by her refugee parents alongside the community of Tibetan refugees who instilled in her values of compassion and demonstrated daily that refugees are change agents. She later moved to the United States with her parents with hopes for better access to education, giving her the opportunity to graduate from Bates College with a Bachelors in Economics and Environmental Studies.

As a third generation Tibetan refugee, Tenzin is driven to find long term solutions to problems faced by refugees both in the United States and abroad. Her conviction has propelled her into various leadership roles tackling issues faced by refugees from human rights, public health to education. She has worked for the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) interviewing and translating stories of political prisoners into English, many of which she later used as an intern at the US Department of State to advocate for human rights for minorities in policy briefs presented during the U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue.

Her volunteer work in her current home state of Maine, evaluating safe housing initiatives and determining how financial literacy education can be more effectively and efficiently delivered to refugees and immigrants, reinforced the importance of private sector knowledge to address public sector challenges. This has inspired Tenzin to pursue an MBA at the University of Virginia with the intention of leveraging her private sector skill set to create opportunities for refugees to be their own change agent.