We are excited to introduce the Immigrant Civic Leadership Program 2020 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.

Reshad Ahmadi

Advisor/Ambassador, Hearts and Homes for Refugees

Daniel Bloch

National Coordinator, Asylum Seeking Families Services, International Rescue Committee

Erika Campoverde

Marketing & Communications Manager, Queens Economic Development Corporation

Briana Carp

Director of Legal Information, Comprehensive Youth Development

Fatematuz Chamak

Social Worker - Family & Immigration Unit, Bronx Immigration Partnership Coordinator, Bronx Legal Services

Ernie Collette

Supervising Attorney, Mobilization for Justice, Inc.

Arline Cruz

Associate Director of Health Programs, Make the Road NY

Stephanie Delia

Managing attorney, City Council Services, CUNY Citizneship Now!

Prathiba Desai

Immigration Staff Attorney, Her Justice

Sara Gomez

Immigration Services Program Manager, South Bronx United

Alexandra Goncalves-Pena

Managing Attorney, Catholic Migration Services

Silvia Gonzales

Administrative and Finance Manager, New York Immigration Coalition

Jenna Jaffe

Immigration Specialist, Office of Congressman Jerry Nadler (NY-10)

Lisa LoFaso

Director of Postsecondary Pathways, Friends of WHEELS

Vanessa Luna

Co-Founder, Chief Program Officer, ImmSchools

Yesenia Mata

Executive Director, La Colmena

Sadaf Omar

Senior Program Manager, Neighborhood 360 Fellows Program, NYC Department of Small Business Services

Uchechukwu Onwa

Co-Director/Coordinator of Community Organizing, Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

Aswini Periyasamy

Law Student, Research Assistant, and Lawyering & Policy Innovation Intern at the Center for Popular Democracy, Fordham University School of Law

Nikolay Popov

Community Organizer, Russian-Speaking Community Council

Maria Ramos San Agustin

Community Advocate, El centro del Inmigrante

Angela Rukhsana Kingham

Coordinator, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

Swati Sawant

Supervising Attorney, Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Families

Shailesh Shrestha

Host and Producer, Sampreshan Inc

Joseph Tadros

High School Math and Science Teacher, Hillside Arts & Letters Academy

George Tarr

Deputy Director, African Refuge

Cielo Villa

Founder and Director, Road to Uni

Rona Weitz

Senior Manager, Immigrant Programs, The English-Speaking Union

Jianhang Xiao

Outreach Liaison, Department of Finance

Yaya Yuan

Director of Education and Mentoring Programs, Apex for Youth


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: