Staff

Rich Stolz

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Rich has served as OneAmerica’s Executive Director since August 2012. During his tenure, OneAmerica has cemented its status as one of the most effective organizing, advocacy, and civic engagement organizations in Washington State. Rich was born in Seoul, South Korea. Rich’s family moved to the United States when he was three, and he was raised by his mother in Redwood City, California.

Rich first cut his teeth in organizing while a student at Stanford University to create ethnic studies programs. In 1994, he organized to defeat proposition 187, an anti-immigrant ballot measure in California. Prior to OneAmerica, Rich 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 communities and communities of color, 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.

Throughout his life, he has been deeply influenced by the civil rights movement and liberation theology in the context of Catholic social teaching. Together, these experiences affirmed his calling to social justice and human rights organizing and activism. In 2013, Rich was honored by President Barack Obama as a Cesar Chavez Champion of Change alongside other leaders in the immigrant rights movement. Follow him on Twitter @rstolz11.

rich@weareoneamerica.org

Roxana Norouzi

DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Roxana has over a decade of experience in advocacy and social justice work with immigrant and refugee populations. She has been involved with OneAmerica since 2009 and currently serves as the Deputy Director overseeing the organizing, policy, and campaign work of the organization. Previously, Roxana built and developed a strategy at OneAmerica to improve education for immigrant children and families through local and state policy advocacy, community organizing, and leadership development with parents and youth.

Roxana is a faculty instructor at the University of Washington in the School of Public Health where she teaches community development. Roxana is the past Board President of the Seattle Globalist, a global to local news media platform and serves as Vice-President of the Children’s Alliance Board of Directors. From 2014 to 2016, Roxana was an appointee to the City of Seattle’s Immigrant and Refugee Commission and currently is a member of the King County Best Starts for Kids Children and Youth Advisory Board.

Early in her career, Roxana worked as a housing case manager for five years which has grounded her direct experiences with families and communities. 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 and reporting on post-conflict regions, migration trends, and identity. Roxana is fluent in Farsi (Persian) and her experience as a first-generation American informs her passion and commitment to education, racial equity, and immigrant justice.

Farsi (Persian)

roxana@weareoneamerica.org | 206-452-8425

Robin Engle

COMMUNICATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Robin has worked to build sustainable resources for advocacy nonprofits solving big problems for over a decade. She was inspired by her grandmother, environmental leader Helen Engle, to be an advocate and an organizer at an early age. She previously served as the Development Director for Oregon League of Conservation Voters and Columbia Riverkeeper. She also ran citizen outreach offices on behalf of consumer advocacy, GLBTQ civil rights, health care reform, and other progressive causes, including campaigning for Obama in 2008. She’s a graduate from the University of Washington’s Political Science program and past board chair of Oregon Environmental Council’s Emerging Leaders Board.

After the shock of the 2016 presidential election she decided to turn her focus towards civil rights, justice, and political power for immigrants and people of color. Robin loves board games, hikes, live music and lowrider dogs – especially Timmy the long-haired dachshund, who she’d be more than happy to show you pictures of.

robin@weareoneamerica.org | 503-896-9967

Julie Arenivar

SENIOR MANAGER OF OPERATIONS AND HUMAN RESOURCES

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Julie is a recent Seattleite. As a daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, she believes passionately in OneAmerica’s mission and values. Julie manages operations at OneAmerica, ensuring the programs have the necessary tools they need to achieve their goals. She is passionate about social justice, health equity, and community education/outreach for all communities.

Julie has experience working with organizations around Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Diego, focusing on social justice, political advocacy, and healthcare accessibility for all families. Previously, 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 at University of California San Diego. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, exploring Seattle, and spending time with her family.

Español

julie@weareoneamerica.org | 206-452-8409

Mergitu Argo

SOUTH KING COUNTY LEAD ORGANIZER

Mergitu is an Oromo American currently working as an organizer with OneAmerica focused on South King County. She has served the region’s refugee and immigrant communities as a case manager and family advocate for 16 years and as an organizer for the last three years.

She is the chair person for the East African Advisory Council in Seattle. She is a very well-known advocate for human rights and is passionate about working with underserved communities. She is multilingual, speaking English, Amharic, and Oromo languages, and mother of a beautiful girl.

Oromo | Amharic

mergitu@weareoneamerica.org | 206-452-8433

Rosana Donoso Barredo

PARTICIPANT ENGAGEMENT AND COALITION MANAGER, WASHINGTON NEW AMERICANS

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.

Español | French

rosana@weareoneamerica.org | 206-452-8421

Nimco Bulale

EDUCATION PROGRAM MANAGER

Nimco joined OneAmerica with extensive experience working with community-based organizations and coalitions that aim to strengthen the voices of disenfranchised communities to promote a more just society. Nimco was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and raised in Seattle. Nimco is fluent in Somali and proficient in Spanish. She received her Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit leadership and local government administration from Seattle University. Previously, Nimco attended the University of Washington where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a focus on foreign policy, diplomacy, peace, and security.

Nimco volunteers with various community-based organizations and coalitions that work to strengthen the voices of disenfranchised communities to promote a more just society. She is a Steering Committee member of the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition and is a 2017 Brainerd Fellow with Social Venture Partners. She also serves on the “Our Best” Advisory Council, the City of Seattle’s first ever initiative specifically aimed at expanding opportunity and improving life outcomes for young black men and boys in education, health, employment, safety, and positive connections to caring adults.

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. 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.

Somali | Español

nimco@weareoneamerica.org | 206-452-8413

Javier Cruz

SENIOR ORGANIZER

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.

Español

javier@weareoneamerica.org | 206-452-8431

Amanda Diaz

SOUTH KING COUNTY ORGANIZER

Amanda was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her experiences as a child of undocumented Mexican immigrants fueled her interest and ignited a sense of obligation and commitment to immigration advocacy. She strives for concrete systemic change within the immigration and educational systems and recognize that outreach, advocacy, and building power in our communities play a crucial part in challenging their ineffectiveness and inequity. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound and created her own B.A by combining the disciplines of political science, Latino/a studies, sociology, and anthropology. This American Border Studies major explored the importance of race and ethnic politics, narratives, knowledge, and power, and their relationship to questions of law, immigration, and national politics all over the Americas.

Prior to OneAmerica, Amanda worked as a paralegal at an immigration law firm primarily working with victims of domestic violence to obtain legal status. As an undergraduate, Amanda thrived advocating for sanctuary campus policies, speaking out against racial injustice, and organizing know your rights workshops, town halls, protests, and rallies. As the student body president, Amanda used this platform and its resources to advocate for issues affecting those most marginalized in our society. She was the president of Latinx Unidx, empowering students of color on a predominately-white campus and founded Advocates for Detained Voices, a that provides resources to students and families impacted by deportation and detention at the Northwest Detention Center.

On her spare time, Amanda enjoys playing soccer to de-stress, cooking her favorite meals with her loved ones, and FaceTiming her mom and older sister. She is passionate about meeting new people and connecting to their histories, narratives, and experiences.

Español

Amanda@weareoneamerica.org | 650-863-5288

Olgy Diaz

SENIOR POLITICAL MANAGER

Olgy is the daughter of Guatemalan immigrants and a first-generation college graduate with dual bachelor’s degrees in Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of Washington. Born and raised in Pierce County, Olgy grew up in a military and union household that valued hard work, humor, and family above all else.

Olgy comes to OneAmerica with over 10 years of political experience including prior work with Planned Parenthood, the Washington State Democratic Party, the Washington State Legislature, and candidate campaigns in Tacoma, including a personal run for Tacoma City Council in 2013. Her passion for building power in immigrant communities stems from her devastatingly common experience as the only person of color in rooms where decisions impacting our communities are decided. Talk to her today about how to change the demographics of those rooms and sign up for our New American Leaders candidate and political staffer training program.

In her space time, Olgy serves as a public member of the Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission, board member of the Institute for a Democratic Future (IDF – Class of 2014), and Vice President and Diversity Co-Chair of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington (NWPC-WA). An enthusiastic cheerleader of all things South Sound, Olgy lives in south Tacoma with her chiweenie Pepita.

Español

Olgy@weareoneamerica.org | 253-228-8567

Kaitie Dong

YOUTH ORGANIZER

Kaitie grew up in Seattle as the granddaughter of Chinese immigrants, and received her B.A in Politics from Whitman College. Inspired by her family and her community, and their passion for education, Kaitie has strived to help immigrant students and students of color realize and wield their power for justice.

Prior to OneAmerica, Kaitie has amplified historically marginalized student voices as a co-director of programming at her college’s annual student-driven Power & Privilege Symposium. As an intern at Refugee Women’s Alliance, she helped to foster community and community engagement with youth through the intersection of art and the environment. Kaitie is passionate about cultivating communities that enable young people of color to grow, advocate, and thrive.

Kaitie enjoys moving and grooving, reading political theory, and enjoying food with loved ones.

kaitie@weareoneamerica.org | 206-660-2147

Elisabeth Vasquez Hein

SENIOR MANAGER OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Elisabeth grew up in Western Washington, 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. She holds a BA in the Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington, and an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico.

Elisabeth started her non-profit career as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, working to address disparities in marginalized communities. In 2001, she earned a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, and has taught English at all levels, including to adult students at the Washington Academy of Languages and, during her time at New Futures, to immigrant youth living in low-income housing in South King County. As International Services Program Manager at the American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties, Elisabeth oversaw the expansion of language access and family reunification services for immigrants and refugees. She also taught workshops on international humanitarian law to educators and community members. Prior to coming to OneAmerica, Elisabeth served as the Community Engagement Manager at Plymouth Housing Group, developing a robust volunteer program and building partnerships with donors and community groups in support of permanent housing for chronically homeless adults.

In 2012, Elisabeth volunteered in rural Chile to photograph the work of Mapuche artisans for Fundación Chol Chol, a fair trade organization working to preserve and promote indigenous art and culture. She is currently pursuing a Certificate of Fine Art Photography at Photographic Center Northwest, and has volunteered her photography skills for various community-based organizations. Elisabeth serves on the board of Para Los Niños, an organization dedicated to supporting the academic success of Latino youth and families. She also volunteers with Greyhound Pets, Inc., and hopes to one day adopt a greyhound for her two cats, Carlos and Paloma.

Español

elisabeth@weareoneamerica.org | 206-452-8440

Lori Kessler

SENIOR BOOKKEEPER

Lori has made a career of doing the behind-the-scenes work that keeps nonprofits running smoothly. Lori grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved to Seattle in 2009. Before joining OneAmerica, she worked on advocacy and civic engagement with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the League of Women Voters, and Fuse Washington. In addition to the issues she’s worked on professionally, her personal passions include destigmatizing mental illness and ending biphobia.

Lori holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. She graduated from American University with a BA in International Studies, with concentrations in the Middle East and Islamic Studies. During her time as an undergraduate, Lori studied Arabic and spent a semester abroad in Cairo.

When she’s not at work, Lori enjoys developing emotional attachments to fictional characters, knitting, having brunch with her wife, and exploring West Seattle with her dog Bennett.

lori@weareoneamerica.org  | 206-452-8405

Varisha Khan

ONEAMERICA VOTES MUSLIM COMMITTEE DIRECTOR

Varisha was born in Dallas, Texas as a second-generation Pakistani-American Muslim and grew up in the Seattle area. She received her BA degree from the University of Washington in Communication-Journalism and Political Science in 2017. During the 2016 presidential cycle, Varisha was elected to serve as both one of the youngest Presidential Electors in the historic 2016 Electoral College and one of the youngest National Delegates to represent voters from WA State’s 1st Congressional District.

As an award-winning journalist, she developed a journalistic beat on issues pertaining to race, immigrants, communities of color and American Muslims in the greater-Seattle area. While a student at the UW, she helped establish the Middle Eastern Student Commission of ASUW (the Associated Students of the University of Washington) and served as the founding Director. Varisha has been called “a political leader and media pundit” by The Seattle Globalist, and has been featured in NBC News Asian America, CBC Radio, NPR, The Seattle Times, the Seattle Met magazine and other local and national publications, speaking on politics, intersectional issues of Islamophobia, xenophobia and racism, and making it clear that Black Lives Matter. Varisha has also been recognized as one of the MPower 100, American Muslim social justice activists building power across the US.

She enjoys good barbeque, Sunday night football, traveling and writing.

varisha@oavotes.org | 206-452-8401

 

Mary Lopez

YAKIMA ORGANIZER

Mary comes to OneAmerica with seven 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.

Español

mary@weareoneamerica.org | 509-386-3525

Carlos Martinez

PARTICIPANT ENGAGEMENT ASSOCIATE, WASHINGTON NEW AMERICANS

Carlos is a first-generation Mexican-American (Chicano). Raised in an immigrant community, he quickly noticed how the broken immigration system was impacting his family and peers, inspiring him to organize with his community and local youth to advocate for immigrant and refugees through OneAmerica’s youth program in 2010. He stayed connected with OneAmerica, helping organize ‘Know Your Rights’ workshops, advocating for state legislation, and plan and facilitate trainings for young organizers. In 2016, Carlos joined the staff of OneAmerica’s Washington New Americans team.

Carlos is also an art major working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. His art centers on social issues and identity and is visually inspired by his indigenous Mexican roots of Oaxaca and guerilla art. Carlos’s mediums of choice are acrylic, ink, and Photoshop. A few of his hobbies include drinking coffee, listening to podcasts, and binge-watching shows on Netflix.

Español

carlos@weareoneamerica.org | 206-452-8436

Jessica Nieves

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Jessica D. Nieves is a mission-driven fundraiser with over 8 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and communications. Jessica is committed to OneAmerica’s mission to build power in immigrant communities because of her own grandmother’s story of leaving her conflict-torn community in Mexico to seek a better life for her and her children in Washington State.

Throughout her fundraising career, Jessica has done everything from working with program staff to craft inspiring stories to working with board members to strategically cultivate major donors. Early in her career, she recruited stakeholders for a South African nonprofit which lead to a $54 million partnership, managed event fundraising efforts in five different states, and spearheaded a campaign to raise $325,000 in Phoenix.

Jessica is an alumna of Fuller Theological Seminary, is a member of the Associate of Fundraising Professionals, and is in the process of applying for the CFRE.  A Pacific Northwest native, Jessica is a stereotypical Seattleite who owns a dog, enjoys the outdoors, consumes too much coffee, and peruses local books stores for hidden treasures.

jessica@weareoneamerica.org

Dania Nuno

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION ASSOCIATE

Dania came to OneAmerica as a community leader. She soon learned about some of the issues our communities were faced with and decided to get more involved. As a leader, she attended many of OneAmerica’s events and rallies gaining more knowledge and tool to advocate. She, now as staff, has an eagerness to learn more and center our communities in our decision making and thus advancing the mission and movement. She enjoys petting animals, eating and karaoke.

dania@weareoneamerica.org | 253-250-3833

Samara Parra

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Samara is originally from Colombia and migrated to the U.S along with her family in 1999. She lived in Miami for 11 years and then moved to Boston to continue her education. She achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in International Relations from the University of Massachusetts. After finishing college, Samara moved to Seattle to pursue her passion for social justice by joining OneAmerica. Her personal experience as an immigrant has built up the desire to fight for our communities.

Español

samara@weareoneamerica.org | 206-452-8406

Yajaira Roque

OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE

Yajaira recently graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a B.A in Business Administration in hopes of understanding what it takes for a powerful organization to create change. She first heard of OneAmerica during a “Know Your Rights” training and after creating her family’s emergency plan she became extremely aware of the lack of resources in immigrant communities.

Yajaira dedicated most of her time in college finding ways to challenge educational barriers created for students of color by providing resources and changing their narrative. As a Freshman Counseling Intern she helped launch a calling campaign for bilingual households and spent her time organizing and collaborating with student-led clubs. As the President of the Intersectional Feminism Club, Yajaira was able to initiate a “Take Five” series to promote advocacy work and Seattle Pacific’s annual Tampon Drive. Organizing with clubs such as Latinos Unidos, Black Student Union, and LGBTQ+, Yajaira realized her passion not only in advocating for others but the excitement in the logistics it takes to run an efficient event or movement. She is eager to continue to learn and help OneAmerica carry out their mission, one she truly believes in.

Español

yajaira@weareoneamerica.org |  206-452-8401

Sarah Sumadi

SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER, WASHINGTON NEW AMERICANS

Sarah was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and lived in Chicago and Buenos Aires, Argentina, before finally landing in Seattle in 2014. Sarah’s inspiration in the fight for immigrant rights is her dad, who left Syria in the 1970’s for a better life in the U.S. He works harder than anyone she knows, and she’s convinced we need more U.S. citizens like him, not fewer.

Sarah graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, and received her master’s in International Relations from La Universidad de San Andrés/FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales) in Buenos Aires. Prior to joining OneAmerica in 2014, Sarah managed volunteers and communications for an LGBT community center in Chicago, and worked as an academic adviser at the State Department’s EducationUSA program in Argentina.

Sarah also serves on the Practice of Law Board for the Washington State Bar Association, and has been a DOJ-accredited representative since 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys studying Arabic, watching her beloved San Antonio Spurs, and obsessively tending her garden. She peaked at age 22, when she competed on both Jeopardy! and Cash Cab.

Español

sarah@weareoneamerica.org | 206-723-2203 x226

Adelina Solis

PROGRAM ASOCIATE, WASHINGTON NEW AMERICANS

Adelina Solis joined Washington New Americans in 2018. She is a proud daughter of immigrants, and passionately believes that immigrant rights are human rights. Prior to joining WNA, she worked at Global Partnerships, a Seattle-based impact investing organization, which works to expand opportunity for people living in poverty. She also spent a year in Ben Tre City, Vietnam as an English teacher through the Fulbright program. In this role, she taught students, teachers, and community members who otherwise had limited access to learning from native English speakers. Adelina graduated magna cum laude from Scripps College with a major in Linguistics and a minor in Italian Studies, and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian. Her undergraduate thesis on Esperanto was published by Fiat Lingua, an online journal dedicated to constructed languages. As part of her coursework and out of personal interest, she has also studied French, American Sign Language, Russian, Quechua, Vietnamese, Swahili, and Malayalam. Adelina enjoys cooking and exercising, and her bedtime is often delayed by getting absorbed in reading about animals on Wikipedia.

adelina@weareoneamerica.org  | 206.452.8408 x209

Glicerio Zurita

VANCOUVER ORGANIZER

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 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.

Español

glicerio@weareoneamerica.org | 360-334-0238

Pepita

CANINE NAP DIRECTOR

Pepita loves snuggles, dancing, road trips, shadowing Olgy everywhere she goes, and sunbathing. She takes her nap responsibilities very seriously.