OneAmerica is proud to announce that Arleen Vargas will be joining as their new organizing director, and that they received the prestigious Neighborhood Builders award from Bank of America. This new hire and award position OneAmerica as a leading force for justice at a time when immigrants are under attack.
Arleen will be joining OneAmerica from the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) in Washington, D.C. She brings a decade of experience building power with directly impacted communities to OneAmerica to build a powerful base of immigrant and refugee leaders.
The Neighborhood Builders award has deployed capital and built cross-sector partnerships to advance nonprofit leaders addressing economic and social progress for over fifteen years. It provides $200,000 in funding over two years, along with expert executive coaching and support for an organizational emerging leader.
“I am truly honored to be a part of the mission and vision that One America has for Washington State,” said Arleen. “I am excited to contribute to building immigrant and refugee power in all levels of government and foster the growth of real community leaders and organizers. Using my experience in organizing for the last ten years, I’m thrilled to build a lasting system for immigrant justice with a team while developing organizers to do the same for their leaders. As a child of immigrants I know that we cannot continue to fight for a just country for immigrants without immigrants on the front lines.”
“Arleen brings a wealth of life and professional experiences. At WIN she launched a successful campaign to secure $2.5 million in legal assistance for immigrants. She understands that everyone, regardless of their immigration status, should have the right to an attorney, and that they should have the tools needed to drive change in our communities and society,” stated Rich Stolz, OneAmerica’s executive director.
“Arleen’s deep background in education, including being an education organizer and a classroom teacher, will take our approach to education organizing to the next level,” Deputy Director Roxana Norouzi elaborated, “Her leadership as a part of Community Change’s Power 50, Women of Color in Leadership Cohort is a perfect fit with our focus on centering the leadership of women of color in immigrant justice movements.”