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Walter Lam President and CEO
About Walter Lam
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Walter Lam was born and raised in northern Uganda. After high school graduation he fled political persecution to Kenya and went to Egerton University where he in graduated in Agricultural Engineering. He returned to Uganda in 1981, and worked with the government in various management positions. In 1986, he again fled political persecution to Kenya and by the end of the year he found himself in San Diego.
Upon arrival to the United States, Walter recognized that there were not programs that addressed the needs of African Refugees arriving in San Diego. In 1989, he founded the Alliance for African Assistance with the purpose of helping fellow refugees from Africa. Over the past 20 years the Alliance has greatly expanded to serving thousands of refugees from all over the world.
Walter has served on the California Refugee Health Advisory Board, the California State Advisory Committee for Refugees, the California Refugee Forum, the Community Building of United Way, the Prostate Cancer Community Advisory Committee of the Scripps Cancer Center, and the Inter-group Relationship Advisory Committee of the San Diego Foundation. He was also a member of Mayor Dick Murphy’s African American Advisory board.
He is currently a member of the city of San Diego International Affairs board, the Heartland Human Relations and Fair Housing Association board and the Christian Community Foundation of Southern California. In addition, he is a recipient of the United Way of San Diego Ben Polak Award of Excellence and has been highlighted as a prominent refugee by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).