Mihai Lehene

President and Founding Member of RUF
Mihai is a Founding Member and the President of RUF. Passionate and caring, Mihai’s goal is to inspire all around him to be better and help each other, especially his fellow Romanian Americans.

President and Founding Member of RUF


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Ambassador of the Romanian Community Center of Chicago

"I have a dream! Chiar am :) In fiecare dimineata ma trezesc si ma gandesc cum o sa facem un Community Center la Chicago. Ce sa fac, fiecare cu visul lui. Numai ca io stiu ca nu ma las pana nu rezolvam anul asta. Si voi ma stiti, cand am promis ceva, nu mai e cale de intors."

Vin-o alaturi de noi! Say "I'm in!"


Mihai started teaching Mathematics and Programming as a volunteer in 2014. He's been teaching young kids ever since, mostly as a way to keep his own kids engaged, but also because he naturally enjoys teaching. He believes the best gift you can give someone is to open their eyes to the joy of learning and he doesn't think he will ever stop teaching.


Mihai is the Main Sponsor of the Romanian United Fund. In each of 2019 and 2020, Mihai made a $50,000 donation to finance the operating account of RUF and he will match dollar-for-dollar any amount raised by Romanian United Fund up to $50,000. This allows RUF to be a 100% pass-through organization. For a clear picture of RUF finances, please see our Transparency section.


President of Romanian United Fund

"I strongly believe the Romanian American community, and the Romanian Diaspora in general is quite capable of achieving great things. In order to achieve this, we need to create a decades-long development plan, well-thought and ambitious, and then we need to set out on the course of executing it. We need leaders, business people, and professionals to stand up together and support a common plan of development that takes into account our own future, our businesses, and our children before anything else.

I know Romanians are smart, intelligent, conscientious, creative, and highly dependable individuals. As teachers, doctors, construction workers, business people, or IT professionals, we touch the lives of so many, ab-so-lu-te-ly e-very day. We are our own ambassadors, as well as the ambassadors of our communities and of our country. We have a uniquely interesting heritage and we carry the flag of previous generations of illustrious Romanians that left their mark on history. But individualism will only take us so far. In order to achieve greatness, we need to learn to work better together and trust each other more.

There's a lot to be said about the break-neck speed of development of Romania and Romanians in the last 3 decades - as a nation, we had to come out of communism and transform ourselves into a capitalist, democratic society in a matter of decades. This has not been achieved without a significant human cost. Today, the Romanian diaspora is the fifth largest worldwide and a fifth of our workforce lives abroad. Moreover, as of 2020, more than half the children of Romanian descent worldwide live outside of Romania.

There is nothing more fascinating to me today, than the dream of showing that our generation, of young, determined, successful, intelligent Romanians can leave its own mark, during one of the most marvelous and interesting times in history: the century of technology and globalization. Are you with us?"

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