Roxana Norouzi


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 previously served as the Deputy Director overseeing the organizing, policy, and campaign work of the organization. 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) | 206-452-8425

Robin Engle


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. | 503-896-9967

Arleen Vargas


Arleen has a decade of experience building power with directly impacted communities that she brought to OneAmerica in late 2019. She moved from Washington, DC, after winning 2.5 million dollars for the legal defense of immigrants in the capital to contribute to building immigrant and refugee power in all levels of government and foster the growth of real community leaders and organizers.
As a child of Dominican immigrants, she holds true that we cannot continue to fight for a just country for immigrants without immigrants on the front lines. This informs the organizing strategy that she develops at OneAmerica and also the David Ayala Organizing Fellowship that will be launching in 2020.

Arleen has a deep background in education, including being an education organizer and a classroom teacher. She started her career in organizing back in college, where she organized to save 4 out of 5 million dollars from being cut from a higher education fund in New Jersey. This experience prompted Arleen to become a teacher as a Teach for American corps member in Delaware and organized students to start a statewide college access program.

Arleen is also passionate about centering the voices of women of color. Her leadership as a part of Community Change’s Power 50, Women of Color in Leadership Cohort is a perfect fit with OneAmerica’s focus on centering the leadership of women of color in immigrant justice movements.

Arleen loves spending her weekends exploring the city, especially the views and finding a local poetry slam to perform in.

Español | 206-452-8425

Eli Goss


Eli Goss is the Senior Policy Manager at OneAmerica. Originally from Texas, Eli moved to WA 10 years ago to attend The Evergreen State College and has worked in higher education, reproductive rights and labor policy at the state and federal level while also doing community organizing around anti-racism and anti-oppression. Their passion is making advocacy and government lobbying accessible and transformative for activists to make the change they need for communities to thrive. | 512-466-3279

Melissa Rubio


Melissa comes to OneAmerica with almost a decade of experience organizing and building electoral strategy within grassroots power-based organizations. Hailing from Chicago, she has been organizing professionally for 7 years in Chicago. She was a founding staff member of Reclaim Chicago and The People’s Lobby, progressive organizations made up of working-class people across Chicago to build power. She has worked to elect regular people up and down the ballot who took on the entrenched political machine with grassroots power and built structures that helped candidates, their staff, and organizations build long-term power past Election Day.

Finally, as Chief of Staff to Illinois State Representative Will Guzzardi, Melissa worked to spearhead the state legislature’s first-ever Progressive Caucus, which won legislative victories in the 2019 legislative year such as increased funding for affordable housing, raising the state’s minimum wage, legislation protecting reproductive health in the wake of the right’s attack on Roe v. Wade and worked to ensure that recreational cannabis legislation focused on equity for communities hardest hit by the war on drugs. Melissa is also a mother of an adorable 3-year-old named Leo and two cats called Grandpa and Sausage.

Kafia Abdilahi


Kafia joins OneAmerica with extensive experience working with community based organizations, has a strong commitment to the well-being of students and families, and supporting the immigrant and refugee communities to improve the outcomes for our youngest scholars and their families. Kafia is passionate about racial justice and closing the opportunity gap before it begins. Kafia was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and spent part of her childhood in Texas before moving to Seattle. Kafia attended Eastren Washington University and studied Social Work, with a focus on social and economic justice in a diverse society.

Kafia has a deep background in Early Learning and brings many years of experience, both as a direct service and in leadership roles. As an early learning teacher and family advocate, Kafia is committed to building power in immigrant and refugee families by advocating for investments in early childhood education and care.


Jordan Alcantara


Jordan was born and raised in Seattle and loves living in such a vibrant and diverse region of the Pacific Northwest. She is the daughter of Chinese-Malaysian and Filipino immigrant parents, and her family history and connection to her culture inform her value for family, education, work ethic, and community.
She graduated from Gonzaga University in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Sociology. During her time at Gonzaga, she was an active member of the Filipino American Student Union, serving on the club’s executive board for three years. She was also deeply immersed in University Ministry, a participant in the academic dance program, music, and theater arts, and spent many evenings cheering on the Zags in the Kennel. She is an alum of the Gonzaga in Florence study abroad program, spending a summer term studying Italian and eating pounds of pasta.

Prior to coming to OneAmerica, Jordan worked for six years in high school education, fulfilling roles in development, administrative support, campus ministry, and student life. As OneAmerica is her first foray into power building and organizing, she is eager to continue working with such a talented and passionate team and supporting those creating impactful and meaningful changes in the larger community.

Jordan enjoys baking, musical theater, Disneyland, and eating good food with loved ones.

Julie Arenivar


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 | 206-452-8410

Alizeh Bhojani


Alizeh was born in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to Washington State when she was ten. She is passionate about the promise and achievement of human rights, stemming partly through her own experiences as an immigrant. Alizeh received her J.D. and LL.M in Sustainable International Development from the University of Washington School of Law, and a B.A. in International Studies and French, also from the University of Washington. While in law school, Alizeh was a member of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law, focusing on projects at the intersection of business and human rights.

Alizeh is committed to fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state, and federal level. Prior to joining OneAmerica, Alizeh spent almost three years working for the Center for Reproductive Rights advocating for access to assisted reproduction using a human rights lens while centering the experiences of those most impacted by infertility.


Rosana Donoso Barredo


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 | 206-452-8421

Kaitie Dong


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. | 206-660-2147

Agueda Dudley-Berríos


Agueda is the proud daughter of a Puerto Rican mother and a Californian father – both of whom ensured she grew up speaking Spanish. She comes to OneAmerica from an intersectional professional background – her experiences includes both administrative and front line positions in youth and family homelessness prevention, work at the intersection of social services and public education, women’s healthcare rights advocacy, and consulting for racial equity and community planning.

After being born in Berkeley, CA and growing up in Seattle, WA, Agueda returned to California for her undergraduate degree, receiving a BA in International Relations from Pomona College. Her thesis focused on the relationship between visual narratives and social change. After graduating, her time working in social services has only strengthened her belief in the power of visual discourse, in addition to language, to educate and empower communities and generate positive social change. She sees Communications as having a unique opportunity to use narrative – in all its forms – to support OneAmerica’s mission of building power within immigrant communities so that they can drive the change they need.

She is committed to amplifying the messages of our community members, ensuring that OneAmerica’s communications are informed by diverse perspectives and communities, that they center social justice and that they highlight the transformative power of community-led movements and coalition building.

Spanish and French 

Elisabeth Vasquez Hein


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 | 206-452-8440

Lori Kessler


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.

Annabelle Larner


Annabelle is an artist committed to using words as art to advocate for civil rights. She’s coordinated public poster-making events, including Art Build & Teach-In: Ending Family Detention and the Women’s March. A long time letterpress printer, she’s a member of Partners in Print. Since 2017 Annabelle has hosted an ACLU People Power group, and is passionate about making connections with activists, artists, and people advocating for a more peaceful, inclusive world. At OneAmerica she works with the development team managing data and logistics to help keep things running smoothly.

Dania Nuno


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.

Español | 253-250-3833

Ashlen Olmsted


Ashlen grew up in the Bay Area, California, but Seattle has been her home base since graduating Seattle University with a B.A. in Social Work and a minor in Gender Studies. She is passionate about centering communities, their opinions, and experiences in the development of programs and building sustainable relationships grounded in solidarity.

She has worked in various non-profits including working for organizations supporting low income youth, rural and indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico, and folks in permanent supportive housing in Chicago. At the Accelerator YMCA she was part of the Job Readiness Training program where she worked with East African immigrant youth and as a Americorps Vista in Chicago she facilitated an advocacy training program for 20 formerly houseless residents. While in Oaxaca, Mexico she worked for CORAL and Tejiendo Alianzas where she provided technical support when it came to data, social media, and program evaluation.

In her free time, Ashlen loves to take different dance classes in Seattle, spend time cooking and eating with friends, and listen to R&B throwbacks.


Samara Parra


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 | 206-452-8406

Marisa Parshotam


Marisa grew up in the Seattle-area and received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Washington University. Prior to OneAmerica, she spent 3 years at an adult literacy non-profit in a number of capacity building and direct service roles, including digital literacy program coordination, employment support, and community engagement. In more recent roles, she worked alongside grassroots leaders and community ambassadors to coordinate multilingual outreach for Seattle’s Democracy Voucher Program in 2019 and the 2020 Census.

Marisa is interested in adult education programs that take a holistic approach to supporting students in achieving their goals, as well as ESOL programs that value and honor home languages. Her experience working directly with immigrant and refugee communities from a wide range of backgrounds and language groups informs her belief in collective organizing to build equity and opportunities for both individuals and communities.

Marisa is incredibly passionate about community engagement and organizing to build power alongside immigrant leaders in her neighborhood. Outside of OneAmerica, she serves with Lake City Collective, a grassroots organization doing community and advocacy work around issues that affect BIPOC communities north of Seattle’s ship canal. Marisa is the daughter of a South African of Indian descent immigrant and is inspired by her family history of community organizing, political activism, and mobilizing people to fight institutionalized racism, white supremacy, and oppression during the apartheid regime. She is excited to be working for an organization committed to justice, accountability, and coalition building to cultivate immigrant and refugee leadership and power in Washington State. In her free time, Marisa enjoys artistic endeavors such as drawing, writing, and painting. | 425-344-5612

Audel Ramirez


Audel was a volunteer and community member before joining OneAmerica as the Community Organizer for Yakima. He comes from a career in banking and finance with an emphasis in financial literacy and education. Working with non-profits who promoted home ownership, self help housing projects, first-time home buyer education, and agricultural financing. Audel is passionate about representation and helping immigrant people achieve agency in their communities and lives.

As a resident of Yakima for the past 15 years he has seen the need for community organization, power building, and outreach around electoral issues. Audel was born in Michoacan, Mexico, spent part of his childhood in Los Angeles and settled in Washington over 25 years ago.

Audel enjoys time with family, traveling, cooking, reading, and astronomy.


Radu Smintina


Radu was born in Romania but has called Washington home for most of his life. As a former English Language Learner and high school teacher, he is passionate about bettering outcomes for immigrant and refugee students. After transitioning out of his teaching role with Denver Public Schools, Radu moved back to Washington to work at an education non-profit that used experiential learning programing to teach students financial literacy and work readiness skills.

Radu holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington with a focus in Education Policy. At One America he is partnering with educators, students, and families to continue building out a coalition of stakeholders whose work benefits students.


Magaly Smith


Magaly joined OneAmerica in 2019 and came from working at College Access Now, an organization that gave her the opportunity to share the dreams and aspirations of students from low-income backgrounds— stories that reflected her own experiences as a first-generation high school and college graduate.

She was motivated to join OneAmerica by her lived experience of being the proud daughter of Guatemalan immigrants. The experiences of her family push Magaly to want challenge the systemic injustices and false narratives surrounding immigrant and refugees today.

Magaly was born and raised in Lakewood, WA. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2016 with a BA in Human Services and a minor in Education and Social Justice. Her call for justice is informed by her Catholic faith and the understanding that our liberation is tied to one another—if one of us struggles, we all struggle.

Español | 253-314-3897

Andrea Soroko Naar


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. As a teacher activist, she empowered students to find their voices and promoted racial equity by detracking classes and ensuring that students saw themselves 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. Andrea helped launch WA Immigrant Solidarity Network’s Fair Fight Immigrant Bond Fund to bond individuals out of the NW Detention Center in Tacoma, increasing individuals’ chance of winning their cases and reuniting families.

Having studied in Spain and Mexico, Andrea enjoys working on her Spanish and learning Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) with her family. In her free time, Andrea enjoys reading, dance parties, and, after growing up in Los Angeles, soaking up as much sunshine as she can get.  | 206.452.8443

Bonnie Stern Wasser


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.

French  | 206-723-2203

Levell Strong


Levell is a community organizer, activist, and political operative working on creating a reflective democracy through building political and economic power. He is a member of the Dream Defenders, BYP100, the Movement 4 Black Lives Electoral Justice League and causes rooted in liberation. Levell has worked to shift the political landscape in Florida. He believes in building power, transformation, and miracles and here is how he has done that in the state of Florida. As an organizer with Second Chances Fl Levell led volunteer petition gathering efforts that would help amendment 4 make the ballot.

As an alum of the Electoral justice project Levell would help mobilize, register and turnout voters in South Florida leading to a successful passing of amendment 4 with nearly 80% of voters saying yes in his home of Broward County. He then transitioned this experience to be Field Manager at Engage Miami registering over 19,000 youth and returning citizens before the pandemic hit to vote in the 2020 election. Adapting to the pandemic Levell would help implement the Freedom Fall Fellowship with BYP100 that gave fellows real experience on talking to and persuading low propensity voters to not only turn out for this election but to also show up and vote for Florida’s first Black State Attorney. As Deputy Campaign Manager at People’s Action Levell led in the training and developing over 100 canvassers who persuaded undecided voters calling all the major battleground states of Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.  

Clarissa Thompson


Clarissa joins One America with almost a decade of organizing experience and a deep passion for immigrant rights. As the daughter of an immigrant, she grew up witnessing the impact that language barriers, economic instability, and systemic racism have on our education system, and is excited to bring her professional and lived experience to manage the David Ayala Organizing Fellowship as part of One America’s Early Learning campaign. Through the fellowship, she hopes to empower community members to build power and enact change on their own terms.

Before coming to One America, Clarissa served as an Organizer in a variety of causes including Gun Violence Prevention, Environmental Justice, Reproductive Rights, and the Labor Movement. She currently sits as a member of Unearned Confidence, and volunteers for a variety of mutual aid organizations. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and karaoke.  

Glicerio Zurita


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 | 360-334-0238



Bennett likes to snuggle up next to people on the sofa or sit at their feet, especially if there’s a space heater involved. He is excited about his role with OneAmerica because he loves supporting people in doing their best work.