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.
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.
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COMMUNICATIONS & 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.
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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.
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DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Originally from northeast Ohio, Tim graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003 and moved to Seattle in 2006. Since that time, he has worked in various finance roles in manufacturing, retail and financial services industries. Prior to coming to OneAmerica, Tim owned and operated a small business specializing in smart home technology. After working with OneAmerica in a consulting role, Tim was inspired by the passion of the team and is very proud to now be a permanent member of the OA family.
EARLY LEARNING ORGANIZER
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.
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.
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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
INTEGRATION AND ADVOCACY 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
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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
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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.
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PROGRAM ASSOCIATE, WASHINGTON NEW AMERICANS PROGRAM
Mennah is the daughter of Egyptian immigrants and was born and raised in the greater Seattle area. Mennah holds a B.A. from the University of Washington in Political Science and Middle Eastern History. She has previously served as a university employee advocating on behalf of Middle Eastern and Muslim students in student government and is passionate about issues surrounding immigrant and refugee affairs. In college, she founded the first-ever Middle Eastern Culture Fest and Professional Development Night, believing that students feel safer and more comfortable on campus when they see themselves represented culturally and professionally. She often uses social media as a tool to communicate her experiences growing up as an American Muslim.
Mennah is an active member of her community where she has been involved with CAIR-WA as a volunteer, the Los Angeles Egyptian Consulate as an event coordinator, and the Muslim Community Resource Center as an Arabic translator. Her commitment to serving immigrant and refugee communities manifests itself in her language skills, community building, and event planning experience. She joined the Washington New Americans team as a Program Associate in 2019. In her spare time, Mennah enjoys journaling, kickboxing, and gardening.
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SENIOR POLICY MANAGER
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.
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Elisabeth Vasquez Hein
English Innovations Manager and Organizer
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.
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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.
ENGLISH INNOVATIONS COACH
Justin was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He left for Hamilton College in 2012, where he went on to receive a BA in Linguistics. In his sophomore year he was invited to join his advisor’s research group working in ESOL education for refugees and immigrants in Utica, NY. In his junior year, Justin studied politics, development and Indigenous languages in Ecuador. He returned to Hamilton in the summer to engage in research with the intensive Mohawk language revitalization program at Kana:tsiohareke, about 90 minutes away from campus. These experiences showed Justin that there were many similarities in the issues facing Indigenous communities and immigrant communities in Upstate New York.
After graduating in 2016, Justin taught English at a small rural school in Khon Kaen, Thailand on a Fulbright fellowship. It was during this time that he became deeply concerned with questions of imperialism, American hegemony, and English-teaching as development practice. Justin returned to the United States in 2018 and moved to Portland, Oregon to teach ‘Cultural Orientation’ classes as a member of the Refugee Services team at Catholic Charities of Oregon. During this time, he developed and implemented the Digital Inclusion for Refugees Initiative, which addresses barriers to accessing English classes by providing participants with free refurbished computers, English-learning software, and at-home digital skills instruction in Rohingya, Malay, Arabic, Swahili, and French. Justin moved to Seattle in 2019, where he worked as a housing case manager with Catholic Community Services before joining OneAmerica in 2020.
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.
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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.
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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. firstname.lastname@example.org | 253-250-3833
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.
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ENGLISH INNOVATIONS COORDINATOR
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.
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SENIOR POLITICAL MANAGER
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.
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.
email@example.com | 253-314-3897
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.
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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.
email@example.com | 206.452.8443
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.
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CANINE CUDDLE DIRECTOR
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.