Chicagoan granted Ukrainian citizenship to serve in government

Chicagoan granted Ukrainian citizenship to serve in government

Petro Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine, announced on Twitter Monday morning his plan to decree Ukrainian citizenship on three foreign expatriates living in Ukraine. Among them is Chicago-born Natalie Jaresko who is being considered for a position as Minister of Finance for Ukraine, VIDIA reports.

Jaresko has worked more than 20 years in Ukraine as a venture capitalist, bringing countless foreign investments to Ukraine. As Finance Minister, she is expected to exercise her intimate knowledge of both Ukraine’s business landscape as well as the international marketplace to shape new policy.

Having earned a Masters degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Jaresko says she’s proud to take on Ukrainian citizenship to serve her ancestral homeland.

“I was born to a Ukrainian family in the United States, but have lived and worked in Ukraine for more than twenty years,” said Jaresko.
“Ukraine is always in my heart, in my work and in my family. I am very grateful for this opportunity to serve the Ukrainian people.”

In addition to her pride to serve Ukraine, she has not stopped serving the Ukrainians in Chicago, being a a member of the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, a city agency tasked with building bridges between Chicago and the capital of Ukraine.

In addition to Jaresko, Poroshenko decreed citizenship on Aleksandr Kvitashvili and Aivaras Abromavicius, who are natives of Georgia and Lithuania, respectively.

By Julian Hayda

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