Tapiwa “TK” Kapurura was born in Zimbabwe during a time when the country was still Rhodesia, a colony suffering under a segregationist white minority rule similar to apartheid in South Africa. After independence, he worked as one of the nation’s prominent young attorneys in a free Zimbabwe, only to be targeted by his government for legally defending members of an opposition party. TK fled to Dallas, Texas in 2000 and later moved to Salem, Oregon to attend Willamette University College of Law.
He currently works as an immigrant and refugee policy advisor for the Multnomah Idea Lab (Policy Innovation Center) under the Department of Multnomah County Human Services. TK’s professional experience in the US includes working for various corporate organizations doing corporate compliance and risk management work. He is also a published author of an autobiography, My USA Postcards to Africa. In his free time, he dabbles in radio broadcasting for a Portland community radio station.
He has been a board member of The Immigrant Story for the last year.