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Our Team

Meet our power-building team

OneAmerica’s staff have a deep commitment to build power with immigrant and refugee communities because of our own personal ties to this work. Many of us are immigrants or come from a family of immigrants.

Our team is composed of relational strategic thinkers who hold a breadth of skills from policy analysis, political strategy, leadership development and more.

We’re collaborative, working to organize the people and resources needed to deliver bold wins for our communities. Are you interested in joining our powerful team? View our current open positions.

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    Roxana Norouzi

    Executive Director

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    Jordan Alcantara

    Operations Associate

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    Zana Crites

    Early Learning Policy Fellow

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    Bianca Davila

    Managing Director

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    Rosana Donoso Barredo

    Washington New Americans Senior Manager

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    Eli Goss

    Policy Director

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    Ashlen Olmsted

    Washington New Americans Program Associate

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    Marisa Parshotam

    English Innovations Coordinator

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    Kimmy Nguyen

    Development Administrative Assistant

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    Dania Nuño

    Program Administration Associate

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    Audel Ramirez

    Yakima Community Organizer

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    Melissa Rubio

    Political Director

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    Radu Smintina

    Education Coalition Manager

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    Bonnie Stern Wasser

    Washington New Americans Staff Attorney

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    Magaly Smith

    Senior Communications Manager

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    Andrea Soroko Naar

    Development Manager

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    Clarissa Thompson

    Field Manager

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    Cristina Vazquez

    English Innovations Coach

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    Furno West

    Washington New Americans Program Associate

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    Vancouver Community Organizer

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Executive Director

Roxana Norouzi

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Roxana has 20 years of experience in organizing, advocacy and social justice work with immigrant and refugee populations. Now serving as OneAmerica’s Executive Director, Roxana started with the organization 12 years ago, first as an organizing intern and then in 2012 as the Education Policy Manager.

In her role leading education work, Roxana built and developed a strategy to improve education for immigrant children and families through local and state policy advocacy, community organizing and leadership development with parents and youth. Which resulted in many policy wins and millions of dollars in additional funding for multilingual education. Over the last decade she moved OneAmerica through a transformational process to get further rooted in grassroots organizing, strategic policy campaigns and political power.

In addition to her role at OneAmerica she is also a clinical instructor at the University of Washington in the School of Public Health. In 2010, after earning her Masters in Social Work at the University of Washington, Roxana was awarded the Bonderman Fellowship which allowed her to travel to twenty countries exploring post-conflict regions, migration trends, and identity. Roxana’s experience as a first generation American informs her passion and commitment to racial equity and immigrant justice.

Languages spoken: Farsi and English
Contact Roxana at roxana@weareoneamerica.org or 206-351-3062.

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Operations Associate

Jordan Alcantara

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Jordan joined OneAmerica in January 2021 and works to keep the organization’s day-to-day operations running smoothly.

She is a daughter of Chinese-Malaysian and Filipino immigrant parents and centers her work at OneAmerica around celebrating the unique and diverse gifts that immigrants bring to their communities. In providing operations support, she aims to ensure that staff and leaders have the tools they need to move OneAmerica’s important work forward.

In her free time, Jordan enjoys trying challenging baking recipes, tending to her houseplants, traveling, and eating good food with loved ones.

Languages spoken: English
Contact Jordan at jordan@weareoneamerica.org or 206-723-2203.

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Early Learning Policy Fellow

Zana Crites

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Zana joined OneAmerica in 2022 in partnership with the Pathwaves WA Fellowship to transform early childhood systems by developing and advocating for equitable policies. Zana is passionate about building collective power, and knowledge of the impact policies have on one’s quality of life. Zana has a professional background in higher education and communications.

Through her work, she has learned the value experiences and words have in navigating systems. She continues to help remove disparities by making systems more accessible for communities. Zana is a part of a mixed heritage family that has bestowed upon her the importance of embracing and understanding cultures and helping others.

In her free time, Zana loves watching tv shows, going on adventures, and photographing people and places.

Languages spoken: English
Contact Zana at zana@weareoneamerica.org.

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Managing Director

Bianca Davila

Pronouns: She/her/hers/ella

Bianca joined OneAmerica in 2022 and focuses on our internal work and strategy to support our platforms by leading our operations, Human Resources, and finance.

As the daughter of an immigrant, as a parent raising a bilingual child, and as an educator who spent nearly a decade working with immigrant communities, OneAmerica’s work is incredibly important to Bianca on a personal level. She hopes to create and support internal operating and cultural structures that empower OneAmerica’s staff to lead with confidence.

Bianca began her professional career as an educator in Houston, Texas where she taught bilingual Spanish English elementary school. She went on to become an Assistant Principal where she helped to lead her school to be the highest performing elementary school nationwide out of nearly 300 schools within the KIPP network. Most recently, she worked as the Chief of Staff at The Learning Accelerator, a national nonprofit leader in the education sector.

In her free time, Bianca enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and hiking.

Languages spoken: Spanish, English and conversational French and Portuguese
Contact Bianca at bianca@weareoneamerica.org.

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Washington New Americans Senior Manager

Rosana Donoso Barredo

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Rosana joined OneAmerica in 2015 with a strong non-profit and political professional background. Rosana was a Volunteer Coordinator for Latin America and Africa Programs at United Planet in Boston, and a Student Mentor and Program Facilitator at Intercordia Canada in Honduras. As an undergraduate student, she traveled to Uganda in 2006 to complete a student-run program focused on child literacy and the understanding of refugee and internally displaced people’s issues in Kampala and the Gulu Region. Rosana worked as a Volunteer Coordinator and Political Desk Intern at the Obama for America presidential campaign in 2008 during the New Hampshire and Massachusetts primaries. She completed an Organizing Fellowship at Fuse Washington in 2014 and was a Fellow at the Institute for Democratic Future in 2016. Before joining the Washington New American Program full time, she served as the Civic Engagement Associate at OneAmerica.

Rosana holds a Master’s in Education from the University of British Columbia, with a focus on critical race theory and social justice in education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal. Her strong belief in racial justice and dedication to education and immigration policy is what drives Rosana’s work at the Washington New Americans Program and OneAmerica.

During her free time Rosana loves to travel, to cook complex recipes, and to build meaningful relationships from people of different cultures and backgrounds. Rosana was born in Quito, Ecuador, moved to Massachusetts as a teenager, and has lived in Switzerland, Denmark, and Canada.

Languages spoken: Spanish, English and French
Contact Rosana at rosana@weareoneamerica.org.

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Policy Director

Eli Goss

Pronouns: They/them/theirs

Eli joined OneAmerica in 2018 and runs the policy and advocacy strategy across immigration, education, early learning, economic justice and voting reform at both federal and state levels for the organization.

Their passion is making advocacy and government lobbying accessible and transformative for activists to make the policy change needed for communities to thrive. Originally from Texas, they moved to WA over 10 years ago and have been doing community organizing, lobbying and electoral work around progressive issues since then. Eli is proud of helping organize for over $340 million in COVID relief with undocumented workers along with funding for dual language classrooms, naturalization programs, and refugee assistance. Eli believes that building strong social movements is critical to passing bold policies that make a meaningful and tangible differences in peoples’ lives.

In their free time, Eli loves to eat BBQ, be part of their queer chosen family, and dabble in various creative pursuits.

Languages spoken: English
Contact Eli at eli@weareoneamerica.org.

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Washington New Americans Program Associate

Ashlen Olmsted

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Ashlen joined OneAmerica in 2021 to support the Washington New Americans Program by coordinating citizenship clinics throughout WA state that increase access to naturalization services. Ashlen also collaborates with community members to grow and facilitate the Ambassador program.

After working with Seattle immigrant and refugee communities to navigate oppressive and complex institutions, Ashlen is excited to be involved in system-level change advocacy and rebuilding efforts. She enjoys working directly with community leaders at OA to build power and capacity. Ashlen is also passionate about centering communities, their vision, and experiences to develop programming and build sustainable relationships grounded in solidarity.

Ashlen loves to take dance classes, share food with friends, and tend to her garden in her free time.

Languages spoken: English and beginner Spanish
Contact Ashlen at ashlen@weareoneamerica.org or 206-452-8400.

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English Innovations Coordinator

Marisa Parshotam

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Marisa joined OneAmerica in 2020. In her role she coordinates online English classes & programming that combines English, digital literacy, leadership, and community engagement.

Marisa’s passion for community organizing & language justice was shaped significantly during her time at an adult education non-profit and alongside grassroots BIPOC leaders of Lake City Collective in North Seattle. Her experience working directly with immigrant and refugee communities from a wide range of backgrounds guides her work to collectively build power, opportunity, and equity in our communities. As the daughter of a South African of Indian descent immigrant, Marisa is also inspired by her family history of activism and organizing to fight systemic racism, white supremacy, and oppression during the apartheid regime.

Throughout her time at OneAmerica, Marisa has worked alongside her team to shift the English Innovations Program to a virtual model, reaching over 200 students in over 35 cities across Washington State – and building a powerful program that takes a holistic approach to students’ goals, centering lived experiences, honoring home languages, building community, leadership development, and redefining what the adult education system can be.

In her free time, Marisa enjoys drawing, painting, writing, and reading.

Languages spoken: English
Contact Marisa at marisa@weareoneamerica.org.

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Development Administrative Assistant

Kimmy Nguyen

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Kimmy joined OneAmerica in September 2022 and helps build and advance the Development Acknowledgment Vision by providing administrative support in databasing donations and sending gift acknowledgments.

Kimmy brings experience working in youth development at local nonprofit organizations. She also currently works at School’s Out Washington as the Best Starts for Kids Administrative Coordinator where she supports the Expanded Learning initiative, coordinating grantmaking and programmatic administrative projects. Before working at SOWA, she worked at Asian Counseling and Referral Service where she facilitated afterschool programming for Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee youth.

As a daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, her family has shaped her values in learning and community. She is a passionate and curious learner that seeks opportunities to provide under-resourced communities with resources to reduce health and social inequalities. She enjoys learning about different cultures and connecting through storytelling and food. In her free time, Kimmy enjoys reading, traveling, getting boba with her friends, relaxing with her family, and taking too many pictures of her corgi puppy.

Languages spoken: English and basic Vietnamese
Contact Kimmy at kimmy@weareoneamerica.org.

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Program Administration Associate

Dania Nuño

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Dania started at OneAmerica in 2017 and works to create internal working systems and supports staff, community leaders, and partner organizations to advocate for our communities.

Dania dreams to create a country where immigrants are safe, valued, and thought of as people. Working towards a pathway to citizenship for immigrants and laws that are created by our communities advocacy.

Dania has supported OneAmerica to have successful virtual events with elected officials and hundreds of community members and her work has made the transition to digital spaces easier for our immigrant community members.

In her free time, Dania likes to listening to music and go on small adventures.

Languages spoken: Spanish and English
Contact Dania at dania@weareoneamerica.org.

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Yakima Community Organizer

Audel Ramirez

Pronouns: He/him/his/el

Audel joined OneAmerica in 2021 and works to motivate people in to power in the immigrant community of Yakima County.

As an immigrant from Michoacan Mexico his experience and background are at the forefront of the work to build power and elect representation at all levels of government and society that reflect the community. He believes we need to build a community where our families and children can thrive.

In his time with OneAmerica, Audel has worked on collaborating with many community based organizations to promote civic engagement and increase voter participation in the Latino/immigrant community.

In his free time, Audel enjoys learning, traveling, cooking, spending time with family, and astronomy.

Languages spoken: Spanish and English
Contact Audel at audel@weareoneamerica.org.

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Political Director

Melissa Rubio

Pronouns: She/her/hers/ella

Melissa joined the OA family in 2020 and is the architect of how our organizing, leadership development, civic engagement and advocacy programs work together to make lasting, systemic changes for the immigrant and refugee communities in WA State.

Melissa comes from a mixed-heritage, working class family and is dedicated to building power so that all people, regardless of age, race, immigration status and income are able to live full, joyous and thriving lives.

Melissa has been instrumental in building OneAmerica’s power building program that centers those furthest from power as decision-makers in our electoral and issue organizing work.

Languages spoken: English
Contact Melissa at melissa@weareoneamerica.org.

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Education Coalition Manager

Radu Smintina

Pronouns: He/him/his

Radu joined OneAmerica in 2021 and works in partnership with educators, community based organizations, and families to advocate for education policies that benefit marginalized students.

As a former English Language Learner and high school teacher, he is passionate about working to build a more just public education system, especially for immigrant and refugee populations.

Radu holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington with a focus in Education Policy. He is an active member in his Romanian community and an avid basketball fan.

Languages spoken: Romanian and English
Contact Radu at radu@weareoneamerica.org.

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Washington New Americans Staff Attorney

Bonnie Stern Wasser

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Bonnie is has been an immigration attorney for many years in California and Washington State. She has a B.A. in Social Ecology from UC Irvine, a master’s in Architecture and Urban Planning from UCLA, and a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. Bonnie began her legal career as an INS Trial Attorney in Los Angeles before joining a national immigration law firm and later opening her own immigration practice. After moving to Seattle, Bonnie worked for MacDonald, Hoague, and Bayless and then returned to private practice, where she practiced business and family immigration, asylum, DACA, and citizenship. In 2008, Bonnie helped establish the partnership between OneAmerica and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington Chapter (AILA-WA). She has volunteered at Citizenship Days and clinics for 10 years, and served as Chapter Chair of AILA-WA for two years.

At OneAmerica, Bonnie provides technical assistance and training for legal volunteers at our citizenship workshops, and case consultation assistance for WNA’s grantee organizations. Bonnie also serves as a legal resource and advocate on immigration law and policy for the wider OneAmerica family and community. In her spare time, Bonnie enjoys photography and playing bluegrass fiddle.

Languages spoken: English and French
Contact Bonnie at bonnie@weareoneamerica.org.

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Senior Communications Manager

Magaly Smith

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Magaly joined OneAmerica in 2019 and works to amplify pro-immigrant narratives and the voices of our grassroots leaders to move people into action to build immigrant power.

As the daughter of Guatemalan immigrants, Magaly strives to use her power and positionality to build a world where her family, and immigrant communities, are valued and no longer live in fear. She hopes to equip others with communications and storytelling skills that will enhance their power and ability to win on issues most important to them and that will lead to our collective liberation.

In her time at OneAmerica, Magaly has led powerful communications campaigns that won $340 million in COVID relief for undocumented community members. She also led communications on a series of statewide rallies calling for a path to citizenship that were highlighted in local, statewide and national news.

In her free time, Magaly enjoys watching Korean drama shows, reading, and spending time with her family.

Languages spoken: Spanish and English
Contact Magaly at magaly@weareoneamerica.org or 206-452-8403.

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Development Manager

Andrea Soroko Naar

Pronouns: She/her/hers/ella

Andrea joined OneAmerica in 2020 and works to build power in immigrant and refugee communities by organizing grassroots donors, lifting up voices of leaders and bringing people into the fight for a just and humane immigration system.

Andrea is an advocate, community organizer, educator, and storyteller committed to building community power. Andrea has a deep background in education having taught high school English for 13 years after receiving her Masters in Education from Stanford University and becoming National Board Certified. As a teacher activist, she empowered students to find their voices and promoted racial equity by de-tracking classes and advocating for students to be represented in the curriculum.

As part of a community historically targeted by immigration restriction and hateful rhetoric that persists today, Andrea co-founded the Jewish Coalition for Immigrant Justice NW in 2017. Andrea organizes within and beyond the Jewish community while following the lead of those directly impacted. She helped launch WA Immigrant Solidarity Network’s Fair Fight Immigrant Bond Fund to bond individuals out of the NW Detention Center, increasing individuals’ chance of winning their cases and reuniting families.

Andrea enjoys reading, dance parties, learning Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) with her family, and – after growing up in Los Angeles – soaking up as much sunshine as she can get.

Languages spoken: Non-native Spanish and English
Contact Andrea at andrea@weareoneamerica.org or 206-452-8413.

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Field Manager

Clarissa Thompson

Pronouns: She/her/hers/ella

Clarissa joined OneAmerica in 2021, as Field Manager she empowers our volunteer bases with the tools and skills to exercise their power through elections and policy work.

As the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, Clarissa grew up witnessing the impact that language barriers, economic instability, and systemic racism have on our educational institutions. She strives to empower her community with the tools and skills to create a world where educational success isn’t dependent on a child’s ability to assimilate to the dominant culture.

With over a decade’s worth of organizing experience, Clarissa has worked in a variety of issues including Gun Violence Prevention, Environmental Justice, Reproductive Rights, and the Labor Movement.

In her free time, she enjoys hosting Karaoke on Saturday evenings, and spending time with the many dogs in her life.

Languages spoken: English and limited Spanish
Contact Clarissa at clarissa@weareoneamerica.org.

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English Innovations Coach

Cristina Vazquez

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Cristina is the English Innovation Coach in the beginning class. She joined OneAmerica in 2020, and before that she was a student of this program. Cristina is from Mexico, and she moved to the USA in 2010.

She wants for her students to learn, practice, and gain confidence speaking in English and get involved in the community, because she knows that when you move to another country and you don’t speak their language you feel that you are not a part of the community. She is interested in helping her students to grow in their skills, make changes and became leaders with OneAmerica.

She enjoys dancing, walking with her dog, and spending time with her family.

Languages spoken: Spanish and English
Contact Cristina at cristina@weareoneamerica.org.

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Washington New Americans Program Associate

Furno West

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Furno joined OneAmerica in 2022. As a WNA Program Associate she supports immigrants and refugees in receiving free naturalization services. She was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Tri-cities Pasco. Later, Furno moved to Seattle looking for diversity.
She attended Bellevue College and Lambda school to study computer programming. She later got connected to the founders of Lake City Collective and became extremely interested in getting involved. The first project she was involved with was the 2020 Census.
Furno extensively supported East African communities throughout the pandemic and continues to do so. Working specifically with immigrant-owned small businesses, while also collaborating with the Office of Economic development to ensure our communities had the resources they needed to run their business.
Furno has 11 adopted siblings and a beautiful daughter. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.
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Vancouver Community Organizer

Glicerio Zurita

Pronouns: Him/him/his

Glicerio brings years of organizing experience to OneAmerica, where he has been involved for 8 years. His first foray into advocacy and organizing came as a result of the Secure Communities (Data-sharing program between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.), which had an adverse effect on the immigrant and refugee community. Seeing his friends and family suffer under this policy showed Glicerio the importance of advocating for the families of immigrants and refugees.

As an organizer, Glicerio has led and participated in rallies across Washington State to inform elected officials about the issues that affect the immigrant and refugee community. He has built power within the community by getting everyday members involved in politics through candidate discussions and endorsement sessions and making sure that the community holds politicians accountable for their votes,

In his spare time, Glicerio likes to play the guitar.

Languages spoken: Español and English
Contact Glicerio at glicerio@weareoneamerica.org or 360-334-0238.