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

Operations Manager

Pamela Chomba

Director, Special Projects (BAM)

Wise Clairvoyant

Multimedia Producer

Chris Coger

Vice President, Chief Digital Officer

Phillip Connor

Senior Demographer

Liza Cobey

Executive Assistant, Criminal Justice Reform

Mark Delich

Vice President, Government Relations

Precious Edmonds

Director of Project Management, Criminal Justice Reform

Mary Erickson

Operations and Grants Manager

Juan Escalante

Digital Campaigns Director, Immigration

Luis Espino

Director of Product Management

Andrea Flores

Vice President for Immigration Policy and Campaigns

Mariana Franco

Press Assistant

Ashley Gantt

Manager, Campaigns & Advocacy, Criminal Justice Reform

Alida Garcia

Vice President of Advocacy

Zaira Garcia

Regional Government Relations Director

Tinsae Gebriel

Research and Policy Senior Associate, Criminal Justice Reform

Jennifer Givens

Human Resources Manager

Jeffery Gordon

Social Media Associate, Criminal Justice Reform

Josie Halpern-Finnerty

Manager, National Programming

Dawit Getachew

DC Campaign Director, Criminal Justice Reform

Jamil Hamilton

Senior Associate for Outreach and Engagement

Susie Haslett

Director of Immigration Capacity Building

Mackenzie Heneger

Executive Assistant to the President

Shaunice Henderson

Director of Staff and Leadership Development

Diego Huaman

Social Media Manager

Ted Hutchinson

Regional Government Relations Director

Famata Jalloh

Campaigns Associate, Criminal Justice Reform

Rob Jesmer

Strategic Consultant

Elissa Johnson

Vice President, Criminal Justice Campaigns

Alesha Judkins

State Director Mississippi

Rena Karefa-Johnson

Vice President, National Initiatives

Kenzi Laceste

Senior Product Manager

Tiffany Lawrence

Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Emily Levett

Manager of Planning and Development

Scott Levy

Chief Policy Counsel

Champo Mapulanga


Leslie Arely Martinez

Informed Immigrant Director

Peter Mayer

Senior Associate, Criminal Justice Reform

Ivette Morataya

Informed Immigrant Outreach Director

Alessandra Munoz Caceres

Program Associate, Education & Workforce

Hemly Ordonez

Head of Digital Campaigns Immigration

Juan Pachon

Vice President, Communications

Maria Praeli

Deputy Director Government Relations & Coalitions

Ali Procopio

Director of Education & Workforce, Immigration

Jaime Rangel

Regional Government Relations Director

Jordyn Rinehart

Communications Coordinator

Felicity Rose

Vice President, Criminal Justice Research & Policy

Alexis Sacasas

Chief of Staff

Jose Salamanca

Technology Associate

Todd Schulte

President & Executive Director

Chantel Scott

Office Assistant

Alison Silveira

Policy and Research Manager, Criminal Justice Reform

Alana Sivin

New York State Director, Criminal Justice Reform

Alexis Sosa

Communications Coordinator

Bina Surgeon

Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Eddie A. Taveras

Political Director, Immigration Campaigns

Drew Toal

Senior Writer

Zoë Towns

Executive Director

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
FWD.us, FWD.us Education Fund

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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