26th Tikkun Olam Award to Lyssa Fils-Aimé Hargrove


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“Changing lives by merging communities globally.”

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LYSSA FILS-AIMÉ HARGROVE represents solidarity and courage and teaches everyone lessons on extending refuge to those in Haiti.

Hargrove’s background in Economics has resulted in her accompanying former president Bill Clinton on the Haiti Trade Mission as well as penning informational writings with the Haiti Holocaust Blog.

An expert with the federal government of 15 years where she maintains information systems, Hargrove’s talent extends outside of her regular duties as she manages and successfully writes for the Haiti Holocaust Documentary, and selflessly aids others in making their lives better overseas, as her niche has been “all things International.”

Hargrove is a huge contributor regarding global initiatives and has received accolades from Congressman Charles B. Rangel of New York for her defining work ethic to go above and beyond the call of duty where he has publically noted that she has “done more for Haiti in her two-years on the Hill than all the other Members combined.” Because of rigorous involvement, she was invited to participate in the Capitol Hill Fellowship Program.

This Congressional Fellow has helped plan the successful launching to combat deforestation in Haiti between the Timberland Shoe Company, Yele Haiti, and the Jewish National Fund. In addition, she has monitored Latin American and Caribbean issues, superseded in domestic education issues, was liaison with the Trade Committee staff, worked closely with the Immigration Committee on private bills, and interacted with the State Departments and Homeland Security. Her ability to network and reach millions across the globe is unmatchable.

Hargrove volunteers and synchronizes the coordination of providing nutritional food to the public with Meals on Wheels and also devotes her time to the Veterans Advisory Council as an expert strategist in community involvement. For years, she has served as mentor for Big Brother/Big Sister Program empowering children from all walks of life.

Hargrove is a member of the International Economics Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and was a member of A Better Chance, Incorporated Business Professional Partnership Program.

In recognition of her leadership and achievements, Hargrove has received many Commissioner’s Citations and Awards. She has been recognized for her many contributions and is recipient of the Contribution Performance Award and also the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women Award.

A graduate of Hood College and a 4-year Dean’s List student, Hargrove holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society with a minor in Economics. Because of her superior academic credentials, Hargrove was one of two people chosen to participate in Georgetown University’s prestigious Graduate Advancement Institute where she received her certificate from the Capitol Hill Fellowship Program.

She is married to her husband of seven years, Casey, and is the mother of two children.


3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joanne  |  March 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Congratulations Lyssa. You are truly deserving of this honor. You have taught me so much about Haiti and as a 1st generation American how important it is to stay connected to our ancestry. I’m proud to call you friend and Sorority sister.

  • 2. Roni  |  March 23, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Lyssa, congratuations on receiving this award. It is such a blessing to be so much to so many people. You touch the lives of many & give of yourself unselfishly. I am honored to you for you are an awesome soul & Sorority Sister!

  • 3. eileen de santillana  |  May 20, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I lived in Haiti 5 years, and love your country. Unfortunately very few Haitians who could, rarely did much to improve the lives of its people. You are indeed an unusual caring individual, devoting her life to improve the lives of her people. Hope your story inspires others to help Haiti–Congratulations!


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