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Rich Stolz, who has worked for a Washington, D.C. – based organization advocating for low-income and minority communities, has been selected as executive director of OneAmerica, Washington state’s largest immigrant and refugee rights organization.

Stolz, who begins work Aug. 20, replaces Pramila Jayapal as head of the organization, formerly Hate Free Zone, founded after 9/11.

OneAmerica Board President Luis R. Fraga said Stolz has hired after an eight-month national search. “Rich has a deep commitment to organizing as a way to build power in our communities, and we are confident that he will successfully build on our strong foundation,” Fraga said.

Korean-born Stolz has lived and organized in communities as diverse as Portland, Maine; Montgomery, Alabama; Tucson, Arizona; Washington, D.C.; and Seattle.

For the past 15 years, he has worked for the Center for Community Change, working on issues including jobs and income-support policy, immigration policy, infrastructure investment and environmental justice.