Staff List

Executive Director

Rich Stolz was born in Seoul, South Korea. His parents met in Korea, when his father, an American citizen, worked there in the construction field. His mother became a naturalized citizen, and Rich’s family moved to the United States when he was three. Rich grew up in Redwood City, California, where he was raised by his mother. Growing up, Rich was always conscious of his bi-racial identity, which was framed by his and his mother’s experience as new-comers to the United States. From an early age, Rich thought a good deal about what it meant to be a citizen, what it meant to be American, and the consequences of prejudice.

Over the last fifteen years, Rich has worked at the Center for Community Change, a national organization based in Washington, D.C.  During that time, he focused on the intersection of policy, politics and organizing across a broad spectrum of issues impacting low-income and minority communities, including jobs and income support policy, immigration policy, infrastructure investment and environmental justice. He has lived and organized in communities as diverse as Portland, Maine; Montgomery, Alabama; Tucson, Arizona; Washington, D.C.; and Seattle, Washington.

Early in his tenure, he focused on the impact of welfare reform and immigration law changes enacted by Congress in the mid-1990s, providing support to community-led grassroots organizing around the implementation of these laws and attempts to reauthorize them in Congress. Later, Rich helped to found and staff the Transportation Equity Network, a multi-ethnic organizing strategy focused on the impact of transportation policy on job access, community development, and environmental justice.

Eventually, Rich returned to immigration policy and organizing as the coordinator of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), a national coalition of immigrant rights organizations fighting for comprehensive immigration reform. In that capacity, he helped to organize some of the largest mobilizations and protests in American history, supported the growth of youth organizing across FIRM, managed nonpartisan voter mobilization programs in Arizona and adoption of civic engagement strategies by immigrant rights organization in numerous states, supported the emergence of new immigrant rights organizations and coalitions across the country, and he managed grassroots efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation in 2007. He was later tapped to be the Campaign Manager for the Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign in 2008, a multi-million dollar, cross sector (labor, faith, community, business) campaign with more than 900 organizational endorsers.

Rich first cut his teeth in organizing while a student at Stanford University in California to create ethnic studies programs that would resource investment in research and instruction on Asian American, Chicano, African American and Native American Studies. In 1994, he served as a volunteer in efforts to defeat proposition 187, an anti-immigrant ballot measure in California. Throughout his life, he has been deeply influenced by the civil rights movement and liberation theology in the context of Catholic social teaching, including the centrality of faith, radical love, and human dignity. Together, these experiences affirmed his calling to social justice and human rights organizing and activism. Follow him on Twitter @rstolz11.

Deputy Director - Farsi

Roxana comes to OneAmerica with over 10 years of experience in advocacy and social justice work with immigrant populations. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington with a specialization in Community Centered Integrative Practice. As a former graduate intern at OneAmerica, Roxana brings firsthand experience of mobilizing immigrant communities towards civic action and policy change.

Roxana’s professional background includes providing cultural competency trainings to public schools and community based organizations to improve the system and services for immigrant populations and students of color. She has also served as a consultant leading policy change efforts for educational equity and presenting public health information to high school students. While with the City of Seattle, Roxana worked under the Immigrant and Refugee Initiative changing policies and expanding the capacity of the city to serve the needs of diverse communities.

Roxana’s policy work and community trainings are deeply rooted in her one on one work with immigrant families in crisis. She spent 5 years at Wellspring Family Services as a housing advocate working closely with low-income immigrant families at risk of homelessness.

In addition to her domestic experience, Roxana has also worked internationally for a women’s empowerment organization in rural India and taught English in a township in South Africa. After graduate school, Roxana was awarded the University of Washington Bonderman Travel Fellowship, allowing her to travel independently to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, East/West Africa and South America, while studying and writing about migration patterns, post-conflict zones, and displaced groups. Roxana is fluent in Farsi (Persian) and her experience as a first generation American informs her passion and commitment to justice and immigrant rights.

Development Director

Robin has worked to build sustainable resources for advocacy nonprofits working to solve big problems for over ten years. Born and raised in Seattle, she's happy to be back after seven years in Portland, Oregon. She served as the Development Director for both Oregon League of Conservation Voters and Columbia Riverkeeper, and is a graduate of the University of Washington's Political Science program. Robin served as the Chair of Oregon Environmental Council's Emerging Leaders Board and ran citizen outreach offices during the 2008 election and on behalf of consumer advocacy, GLTBQ civil rights, and other progressive causes. After years in the environmental advocacy community, she is happy to be continuing her work on environmental justice and expanding her involvement in human rights and advocacy on behalf of and with immigrant communities.

Robin brings a passion for social justice, connecting with people, learning their stories, and engaging them in the joyful struggle to make the world a better place. In her free time, she likes to get outside with her dachshund, Timmy, and play board games with her husband and friends.

Operations Manager/Executive Assistant - Habla Español

Julie comes to OneAmerica with more than 5 years of experience working with organizations around Seattle and Los Angeles who focus on social justice, political advocacy and educational reform. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelors in Political Science and Public Law, with other concentrations in Spanish Literature and Cognitive Science. During this time, Julie worked extensively with schools around San Diego by offering academic enrichment programs to first-generation college bound students and served as a community coordinator for UCSD. She helped sponsor over 200 events each year which encouraged educational, cultural, social, and recreational development of residents. Julie is passionate about immigration reform and economic justice, and has dedicated her career to social justice for all communities.

South King County Organizer - Oromo and Amharic

Mergitu has worked as an employment case manager for 15 years and as a union organizer before coming to OneAmerica. She went to school for family and child study and is from East Africa. She is passionate about working with underserved communities.  She is bilingual in Amharic and Oromo languages, and is the mother of a beautiful girl.

Washington New Americans Program Associate - Habla Español

Rosana Donoso Barredo came to OneAmerica after completing  an Organizing Fellowship at Fuse Washington. She believes in empowering immigrant communities and is excited to do it through civic engagement and the New American Program at OneAmerica.  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 has been involved in the non-profit sector, focusing on education, health, and community building both in the US and internationally. She holds a Master’s in Education from the University of British Columbia and a  B.A. in Political Science and Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal.  During her free time Rosana loves to travel, photography, cooking difficult recipes, and interacting with and learning from people of different cultures and backgrounds.  She was born in Ecuador, later moved to Massachusetts as a teenager, and has lived in Switzerland, Denmark, and Canada.

Education Organizer

Nimco joins OneAmerica with extensive experience working with community-based organizations and coalitions that work to strengthen the voices of disenfranchised communities to promote a more just society. Nimco is passionate about closing the achievement gap in education, empowering refugee and immigrant communities, and breaking down the systemic barriers to opportunity. Moreover, Nimco is committed to working to address the root causes of injustice, building power, and creating equitable change in her community.

Nimco received her Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit leadership and local government administration from Seattle University. Previously, Nimco obtained her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a focus on foreign policy, diplomacy, peace and security from the University of Washington.

During her free time Nimco enjoys traveling, discovering new coffee shops, spending time with her family, as well as enjoying Seattle’s impressive selection of restaurants with her friends.

Senior Organizer - Habla Español

Javier comes to OneAmerica with years of organizing experience and a passion for political and social advocacy. As an organizer, he conducted campaigns for janitors in downtown Seattle, unionizing more than 3,000 janitors in the Puget Sound area. He was the lead organizer for a campaign in Denver that organized more than 2,000 workers to become unionized. In Texas, he started the Justice for Janitors campaign and organized more than 600 workers on Fisher Island.

English Innovations Development Manager

Elisabeth grew up in Kitsap County, Spain, and South Korea, with visits to family in the Philippines. She developed an early awareness of how immigration, language and geography impact the opportunities available in one’s life. A strong believer in language as a tool for empowerment, she is excited to support English Innovations, a unique model that is grounded in community, and blends language learning with digital literacy. Elisabeth has a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, and has taught ESL curriculum at all levels.

Throughout her career dedicated to addressing disparities in marginalized communities, Elisabeth’s work includes serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA literacy program coordinator in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, implementing a place-based academic program for low-income immigrant youth in Burien, and developing a robust community engagement program to support homeless adults in permanent housing. As International Services Programs Manager at the American Red Cross, Elisabeth worked to expand language access and family reunification services for immigrants and refugees in King County, and also taught and promoted curriculum on international humanitarian law and the human effects of war.

In 2012, Elisabeth volunteered in rural Chile to document the work of Mapuche artisans for Fundación Chol Chol, a fair trade organization working to preserve and promote indigenous art and culture. She currently volunteers as a tutor with the Refugee and Immigrant Children’s Program, and as a photographer for Rainier Valley Corps. She holds a BA in the Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington, and a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico.

Organizer (Yakima)
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Mary comes to OneAmerica with 7 years of experience organizing rallies, marches, hunger strikes and other actions across Washington State. She has met Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers and Senator Patty Murray. She has been an advocate for an increased minimum wage, increased access to naturalization services and many other issues related to underserved communities. She is passionate about civil and human rights, and the fight for immigration reform and a welcoming atmosphere for all immigrants and refugees has become part of her life.

Education Organizer - Habla Español

Maribel Montes De Oca is a first generation US American Citizen, first generation high school graduate, and first generation college graduate. Daughter of two immensely hard working padres Mexicanos who moved from Michoacán, Mexico in the early 80s with her two oldest siblings to Washington State. Maribel is a recent college graduate from Western Washington University where she studied law, education, leadership, and teaching English.  During her undergraduate career Maribel enjoyed the immense privileges to travel, work and study abroad in Mexico, la Republica Dominicana, and Cuba. Her higher education experience would not have been a possibility if it wasn’t for the immense support and discipline she received from her communities in the Center for Education, Equity  and Diversity, Not1moreDeportation, Community to Community, Familias Unidas por la Justicia and her diverse familias. Maribel is driven and inspired by the communities that she has come from and the communities that she meets. With a passion for equity, critical analysis, collaborations, travel, and storytelling Maribel plans to continue to work with the Fortaleza and work ethic that her familias lead with. As an education organizer Maribel plans to continue to plant and develop her passions in education and working with her communities.

Civic Engagement Associate

Samara comes to OneAmerica via Colombia and moved to the US in 1999. She lived in Miami for 11 years and then moved to Boston to continue her education. She achieved a Bachelors degree in Political Science and a minor in International Relations from the University of Massachusetts. Her personal experience as an immigrant as built up the passion and desire to fight for social justice in the community.

Washington New Americans Program Manager - Habla Español

Sarah Sumadi graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in journalism and a concentration in Spanish. For two years, she served as Director of Volunteers and Communications at the Center on Halsted in Chicago, the largest LGBT community center in the Midwest. In 2011, she received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to Buenos Aires, Argentina. She spent two and a half years there and earned a master's degree in international relations from the Universidad de San Andres. She also worked full-time as an academic adviser for EducationUSA, a program of the U.S. State Department, to help Argentine students apply to U.S. colleges and universities. Sarah is passionate about food and women's economic development.

In 2014, she co-produced, edited and published the Leaders from the Kitchen cookbook, which brings together recipes and stories from more than 40 women leaders and entrepreneurs in Belize and Nicaragua. So far, book sales have raised more than $5,000 for organizations that provide small business training and support to low-income women in both countries.

Washington New Americans Program Associate

Mallori Thompson brings to OneAmerica a breadth of experience in and commitment to economic and racial justice, particularly within the immigrant and labor rights movements. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Washington with a concentration in community-centered integrative practice. Previously, Mallori obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Redlands in southern California, graduating with honors for her narrative thesis on the transformative process of Peace Corps volunteers. She also spent a semester studying and interning abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she worked with students from low-income communities to learn English in preparation for their university studies.

Before joining OneAmerica, Mallori dedicated herself to workers’ rights as an organizer with Working Washington, a worker-led organization fighting for labor rights and living wages. While obtaining her Master of Social Work, she had the opportunity to work with El Centro de la Raza within the Homeownership Center and support the founding of their lending circles program. She later joined the Statewide Poverty Action Network as a graduate intern, where she worked with the powerful SPEAK (Sharing Personal Experience As Knowledge) program to bring the voices of people experiencing poverty into advocacy in order to transform public discourse and create real policy change in Washington State.

When not working alongside the wonderful OneAmerica team, Mallori enjoys adventuring across Western Washington with her two eccentric dogs and finishing the day with tea and any number of artful hobbies.

Communications Manager

Pavan Vangipuram comes to OneAmerica with a background in science, activism and communications. A former Americorps volunteer advocating for the disabilities community, Pavan has engaged in environmental activism, foreclosure defense, and advocacy journalism. As a newspaper reporter, Pavan wrote several stories highlighting the plight of agricultural workers in California. In 2010, he was awarded the Smith/Patterson Science Writing Fellowship from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he recieved his MA in journalism. He has a BS in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.

Organizer (Vancouver) - Habla Español

Glicerio brings years of organizing experience to OneAmerica, where he has been involved for five years. His first foray into advocacy and organizing came as a result of the Secure Communities initiative, 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 famlies 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 politicans accountable for their votes.

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

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