Empowering undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship
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JOSE IVAN ARREOLA Outreach & Organizing Manager Email: email@example.com
Jose was born in Durango, Mexico and came to the United States when he was four years old. With the unconditional love and support of his family and the guidance of many mentors along the way, Jose went on to study Political Science, History and Ethnic Studies at Santa Clara University — where he received a full scholarship. During his college career, Jose was an outspoken leader on campus around issues of racism, inequality, and oppression. Jose's work culminated as the Executive Director of the Multicultural Center of Santa Clara University. Upon graduation, Jose was trained as a community organizer for racial and economic justice by the Center for Third World Organizing in Oakland, CA. As an undocumented immigrant himself, Jose utilizes his experiences to help empower and support other undocumented immigrants across the country.
Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited Representative Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Krsna is a graduate of the University of California, Davis where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Psychology in 2010. Having immigrated to the United States when he was only four months old, Krsna grew up feeling truly American, despite his legal status. Living in Oakland, he was a victim of four gun violence incidents. Education became Krsna's tool for freedom and self-advancement, a way to "level the playing field." Since joining E4FC's Legal Services Team, Krsna has developed an in-depth knowledge of U.S. immigration law and has been able to use his knowledge to pursue and gain lawful permanent residency for himself and to help others in similar situations. In 2013, Krsna was granted Board of Immigration Appeals Level 1 Accredited Representative status by the United States Department of Justice, which authorizes him to represent clients before the Department of Homeland Security and certifies his knowledge of U.S. immigration law and policy. Krsna is looking forward to receiving acceptance letters from law schools around the nation in the near future and to reminding undocumented students that anything is possible! Read Krsna's post My Life as an Undocumented American in The Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy View Krsna profiled in Univision’s Five Bay Area Leaders Read Krsna’s creative writing titled, Welcome to the United States of America Listen to Krsna’s songs titled, I Wanna Be a Citizen, & Sky High (DREAM Act Song) Read about Krsna profiled in The Catholic Voice
LILIANA CAMPOS Support and Career Services Manager Email: email@example.com
Liliana was born in Mexico City and immigrated to California in 1995. She graduated from Long Beach State University in 2009 with a B.A. in Psychology. Upon graduating, Liliana was recruited as Health Educator and Program Coordinator at The Center for Youth, a non-profit organization based at Sequoia High School's Teen Resource Center. Liliana developed and conducted classroom sessions that addressed the physical, social, mental and emotional health in the 10-12th grade Biology classes. She worked with restorative justice efforts such as helping implement and lead an Alternative to Suspension Program to support youth suffering with substance use and abuse. Liliana served as the Immigrant Youth Action Team's Liaison to Redwood City 2020 to increase the visibility, financial and health resources for undocumented youth. She is passionate about promoting positive physical, emotional and social well-being among youth. Liliana feels privileged and thankful to be able to support E4fC’s mission and efforts. She is particularly excited and committed to providing ongoing mentoring to undocumented young people through a holistic approach.
Rodrigo immigrated to Arizona in 2000 with his mother and sister to reunite with his father, who had begun their family's journey to the U.S. three years earlier. He started school in the U.S. in the fourth grade and failed miserably in his first semester due to his limited English skills. By the end of 5th grade, however, Rodrigo had become one of the top students in his class. In 2008, Rodrigo was accepted at Santa Clara University, where he received a full scholarship. In the summer before his senior year, Rodrigo received the Donovan Fellowship to work with E4FC’s Outreach Team. He enjoyed the experience and community immensely, and continued the following year. In June 2012, Rodrigo graduated from SCU with a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics, and received the Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. Award for "exemplifying the ideals of Jesuit education, especially being a whole person of solidarity in the real world and having the courage and faith to build a more just and humane world." Rodrigo hopes to obtain a PhD in political philosophy and economics in the future.
Katharine is the proud descendant of Chinese immigrants, who first came to the U.S. in the 1860s to work in the gold mines of California and later during the restrictive Chinese Exclusion Acts. She was born and raised in San Francisco, and received her BA from Yale University and MFA from the University of Oregon.
For nearly 20 years, Katharine has worked to enhance arts and education opportunities for low-income and minority youth. She has developed innovative programs in schools, housing projects, and detention facilities. Her artistic and educational work with youth has been exhibited and published widely in college textbooks, literary anthologies, magazines, and national newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and The Harvard Educational Review.
Outside of her work with E4FC, Katharine serves on the Leadership Committee of the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) and the National Advisory Board of TheDream.US. She is also an advisor to the Nelson Fund at The Silicon Valley Community Foundation, where she has overseen the fund's philanthropic investments in arts and education since 2001.
Denia immigrated to the U.S. with her parents when she was only 11 months old. Hoping to reunite with their family and have a chance at a more prosperous future, the Perez family left their beloved Mexico and settled in Santa Rosa, California. Denia's primary inspiration has been watching her parents work hard and leave everything they knew behind so that she and her brothers could have a better life; without such incredible examples of what it means to lead with courage, love, and persistence, Denia would not be where she is today. In May 2012, Denia became the first in her family to receive a college degree; she graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in Women & Gender Studies, and is currently in the process of applying to law school. Denia wants to become an attorney working in the public sector with underserved populations. She joined E4FC in 2010 and in 2013 was granted the first openly undocumented Board of Immigration Appeals Level 1 Accredited Representative status by the United States Department of Justice, which authorizes her to represent clients before the Department of Homeland Security and certifies her knowledge of U.S. immigration law and policy. Denia plans to use the knowledge she learned as a Women & Gender Studies major to pursue a career in public interest law.
Jazmin Segura has been a strong advocate and outspoken leader in the immigrant rights movement. Before joining E4FC, she was the Federal Policy Advocate at Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network, where she advocated for policies that promote immigrant rights and integration. Jazmin was born in Mexico City, migrated to the United States in 1994 and grew up in the culturally rich Boyle Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles. Growing up in a low-income undocumented family, she is familiar with the day-to-day struggles of undocumented people. In 2007 Jazmin interned at the ACLU Immigrant Rights Project and conducted extensive research on the impact of local anti-immigrant ordinances on immigrant communities. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and was the first in her family to graduate from college. Currently Jazmin sits on the Human Relations Commission of Santa Clara County and recently joined the Board of Directors for the Gardner Family Health Network.
Mari is a public interest lawyer dedicated to cultivating our next generation of attorneys, focusing on the talents of undocumented pre-law students. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Pomona College, Mari was a panelist at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) 2013 national conference, co-authoring its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals practice advisory. In 2010, Mari became the inaugural Face of AILA with her support of pro bono casework, and as a member of the Minnesota bar has limited her law practice to federal immigration law since 2003. Mari has been a public interest career counselor at Stanford, helping aspiring attorneys explore opportunities to create positive change throughout the world. Mari is most excited about being at E4FC because, “DREAMers have had to demonstrate unparalleled talent and resourcefulness to survive in our society. My colleagues at E4FC bring that same passion into our office and, as a result, are professionally addictive.
CARRIE EVANS Co-Founder
Carrie has over nine years of experience working with first-generation college-bound students. Most recently, as Director of College Counseling at Eastside College Prep, a school serving low-income minority students in East Palo Alto, she led the college admissions program where 100% of graduates were successfully enrolled in four-year colleges, receiving a total of nearly $1.9M in financial aid and scholarships. Previously, she worked as a language arts instructor, educating hundreds of students in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Oakland Unified School Districts. Carrie also draws from her work at Achieva, where she managed educational programs throughout California. Carrie holds an M.A. in Education from Stanford University, with a specialty in English Language Learners.
FRANCISCO GONZALEZ Legal Services Advisor
Born and raised in Cuba, Francisco obtained his law degree at the University of Las Villas, graduating as one of the top students in the school. For several years, he worked as a civil litigator and taught civil litigation, civil procedures and administrative procedure at the University of Santa Clara in Cuba. After joining a Catholic political opposition movement and becoming legal adviser to the bishop of Santa Clara, Francisco was forced to leave Cuba and become an immigrant and asylum seeker in Sweden. He later immigrated to the United States, initially working as a janitor while enrolled full-time at City College. In 1998, Catholic Charities of San Francisco hired Francisco as an immigration counselor and promoted him to the coordinator position of their Refugee & Immigrant Services Program just eight months later. Francisco is a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representative, which authorizes him to represent and advocate for clients at all possible levels within the immigration legal system. Francisco has represented dozens of asylum seekers and clients seeking suspensions of deportation and/or cancellations of removal. He is also a writer for the El Heraldo Catolico and appears as a weekly guest on the Telemundo channel. Francisco believes that "caring deeply for the clients' legal problems is the soul and essence of a successful legal practice."
MONICA REGAN Advisor
Monica Regan is an organizational development consultant with twenty years of experience in social justice and immigrant rights work. From immigration legal services and advocacy to broad-based community organizing and voter engagement efforts, Monica has gained extensive strategic leadership skills as well as nuts-and-bolts program and campaign expertise. As the founding director of Partnership for Immigrant Leadership & Action (PILA), Monica also gained hands-on experience building an organization from the ground-up. She brings a deep commitment to progressive social change to all her work.
Since 2010, Monica has supported E4FC with strategic planning, organizational development, and staff coaching. She served as interim Executive Director in 2012 (during Katharine’s maternity leave) and continues to work closely with the team in support of E4FC’s ambitious vision. Monica also has a passion for the arts and a strong belief in the power of storytelling as a tool for social change. A writer herself, Monica developed E4FC’s Creative Writing program, designed unique curriculum for the creation of compelling personal narratives, and taught classes for members of the E4FC community for two years. She continues to offer mentorship to the Creative Writing program as it grows.
JAY SHERWIN Project Co-Director, "Invest in the Dream" firstname.lastname@example.org
Jay Sherwin is an independent consultant who works with foundations and other non-profit organizations to develop strategic plans, design programs and initiatives, implement rigorous outcome evaluations and improve communications. Before launching his consulting practice, Jay spent twenty years as a grantmaker for five national, regional and community foundations, specializing in efforts to promote college access and completion for students from low-income and under-represented communities. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Vice President for Programs at College Access Foundation of California; during that time, the foundation awarded over $50 million in grants, supporting more than 20,000 scholarships for low-income and first generation college students, including hundreds of undocumented immigrant students.
Jay is working with E4FC to design and launch its "Invest in the Dream" initiative, which offers matching grants to scholarship providers nationwide to encourage them to create or expand college scholarship opportunities for undocumented students.