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Opportunities to Connect on Immigration

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Yesterday, the White House hosted the Immigration Briefing for Regional Associations of Grantmakers to invite involvement with the administration’s immigration initiatives at the state and local level. 

President and CEO Ellen LaPointe (pictured center) attended along with our California partners, President and CEO Nancy Jamison of San Diego Grantmakers (left) and Christine Essel of Southern California Grantmakers (right).

After the briefing Ellen reflected, “The value of communication and collaboration with our partners in the public sector is essential to achieve creative approaches addressing immigration and refugee issues. I look forward to connecting with those in our region already engaging in this important work and invite members to touch base if there’s anyone on this list whose views may be of special interest.”


Mr. Ramón Ayala, Client, Casa de Maryland

Ms. Felecia Bartow, Associate Director, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

Ms. Felicia Escobar, Special Assistant to the President for Immigration Policy=

Ms. Monica Fuentes, Chief Service Officer, City of Atlanta

Ms. Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President; Director, White House Domestic Policy Council; Co-Chair, Task Force on New Americans

Ms. Daranee Petsod, President, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

Mr. Adrian Reyna, Director of Membership & Technology Strategies, United We Dream

Ms. Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Acting Director, White House Office of Public Engagement

Mr. León Rodríguez, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Co-Chair, Task Force on New Americans

Mr. Marc Rosenblum, Deputy Director, U.S. Immigration Policy Program Migration Policy Institute


The inspiration for the convening came from colleagues at Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees