We are excited to introduce the Immigrant Civic Leadership Program 2019 cohort! These participants will be using New York City as their classroom to explore how they can influence meaningful change and address complex challenges in their work serving immigrant communities. By the end of the program, participants will develop a deeper understanding of policy and decision making in the city, the skills to lead change in their organizations and communities, and a network of engaged and influential alumni to support them in reaching their goals. 

Lawrence Ben

Political Coordinator, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)

Sabrina Castillo

Dir. of Partnerships & Outreach, NYC Campaign Finance Board

Sydney Céspedes

Planner, Pratt Center for Community Development

Hailing (Henry) Chen

Organizing Coordinator, Independent Drivers Guild

Brenda Choy

Strategic Associate, Chinese-American Planning Council Inc.

Cecilia Cortes

Manager Impact Evaluation & Community Outreach, Volunteers of Legal Service

Brigitte Hamadey

Technical Adviser, International Rescue Committee

Hattie Hill

Director of Post-Secondary Services, Comprehensive Development, Inc.

Sharmin Hoque

Research Coordinator / Vice President, NYU Langone Health / Muslims Thrive

Tracy Lawson

Attorney-In-Charge, Youth & Communities Project, Immigration Unit, BDS

Paulina Leyva Hernandez

Intake Program Manager, African Services Committee

Theodore Moore

Director of Local Policy & Legislation, New York Immigration Coalition

Sam Palmer-Simon

Training & Capacity Building Manager, Immigrant Justice Corps

Julia Ramirez

Community Outreach Manager, MSKCC - Immigrant Health & Cancer Disparities

Shyda Rashid

Domestic Violence Program Manager & Advocate, Sakhi For South Asian Women

Yleana Roman

Health Justice & Immigration Attorney / Project Manger, NYLPI

Mario Rosales

Producer / Senior Editor, CUNY tv

Monica Sanchez

Director of Mental Health Services, LSA Family Health Service. Inc.

Angeles Solis

Lead Organizer, Workplace Justice Team, Make the Road New York

Ian Zdanowicz

Co-Director of Direct Services, Center For Transformative Action


ICLP is a partnership with the New York Immigration Coalition:

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extend opportunity to all.


Generous support has also been provided by: