Leadership & Staff

Meet Our Staff

Our talented staff — which includes a number of experts directly impacted by these issues — is a diverse group hailing from many states, countries, and professional backgrounds. What unites us is our shared commitment to improving lives and making America a stronger, safer place.

Ama Akoto

Senior Program Associate

Ana Aldazabal

Informed Immigrant Program Specialist

Jenny Barin

Director of Projects & Systems, Immigration

Daniela Chomba

People Ops & Office Manager

Pamela Chomba

Director of State Immigration Campaigns

Wise Clairvoyant

Multimedia Producer

Chris Coger

Chief Digital Officer

Phillip Connor

Senior Demographer

Liza Cobey

Executive Assistant, CJR

Mark Delich

Director of Congressional Affairs

Precious Edmonds

Project Manager, CJR

Mary Erickson

Operations and Grants Manager

Juan Escalante

Digital Campaigns Director

Luis Espino

Director of Product Management

Andrea Flores

Vice President for Immigration Policy and Campaigns

Rubi Flores

Research and Policy Associate, Immigration

Nana Fobi-Agyeman

Staff Accountant

Mariana Franco

Press Assistant

Ashley Gantt

Manager, Campaigns & Advocacy, CJR

Alida Garcia

Vice President, Advocacy

Zaira Garcia

Texas State Immigration Director

Tinsae Gebriel

Research and Policy Senior Associate, CJR

Jennifer Givens

Human Resources Manager

Josie Halpern-Finnerty

Manager, National Programming

Dawit Getachew

State Campaign Director

Jamil Hamilton

Senior Associate for Outreach and Engagement

Susie Haslett

Director of Immigration Capacity Building

Mackenzie Heneger

Executive Assistant to the President

Shaunice Annette Henderson

Staff Development Manager, HR

Diego Huaman

Social Media Manager

Ted Hutchinson

Florida Immigration State Director

Famata Jalloh

Campaigns Associate, Criminal Justice Reform

Rob Jesmer

Strategic Consultant

Elissa Johnson

Director of Advocacy and Campaigns, Criminal Justice Reform

Alesha Judkins

Mississippi State Director

Rena Karefa-Johnson

Director of National Programming & Strategic Initiatives

Kenzi Laceste

Senior Product Manager

Tiffany Lawrence

Head of Human Resources

Emily Levett

Manager of Planning and Development

Scott Levy

Chief Policy Counsel

Matthew Lochman

Creative Director

Champo Mapulanga


Leslie Arely Martinez

Informed Immigrant Director

Peter Mayer

Senior Associate, Criminal Justice Reform

Marissa Molina

Colorado State Immigration Director

Julia Monroe

Communications Associate, Immigration

Ivette Morataya

Informed Immigrant Outreach Director

Alessandra Munoz Caceres

Executive Assistant & Special Projects Coordinator

Hemly Ordonez

Head of Digital Campaigns

Juan Pachon

Vice President, Communications

Maria Praeli

Deputy Director Government Relations & Coalit

Ali Procopio

University Program Director

Jaime Rangel

Georgia State Immigration Manager

Jordyn Rinehart

Communications Coordinator

Felicity Rose

Director of Research and Policy

Alexis Sacasas

Director, Organizational Initiatives

Jose Salamanca

Technology Associate

jasmine Sankofa

Policy and Research Manager, Criminal Justice Reform

Todd Schulte


Chantel Scott

Office Assistant

Alison Silveira

Policy and Research Manager, Criminal Justice

Alana Sivin

New York State Director, Criminal Justice Reform

Alexis Sosa

Communications Coordinator

Bina Surgeon

Chief Operating Officer

Eddie A. Taveras

Political Director, Immigration Campaigns

Drew Toal

Senior Writer

Zoë Towns

Vice President, Criminal Justice Reform

Maria Vanegas

Senior Information Systems Associate

Board Members

Candice C. Jones

Board Member
FWD.us Education Fund

President & CEO, Public Welfare Foundation

Andrew Pincus

Board Member
FWD.us, FWD.us Education Fund

Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

David Plouffe

Board Chair
FWD.us, FWD.us Education Fund

Policy Strategist in Residence, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Lorella Praeli

Board Member

Co-President, Community Change and Community Change Action

Jordan Fox

Board Member
FWD.us, FWD.us Education Fund

Chief of Staff, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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