National Immigration Forum
National Immigration Forum based in Washington, D.C., is a prominent U.S. immigration policy organization and has been at the center of every major legislative and policy debate related to immigration since 1982.
Founded in 1982, the National Immigration Forum advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration to our nation. In service to this mission, the Forum promotes responsible federal immigration policies, addressing today’s economic and national security needs while honoring the ideals of our Founding Fathers, who created America as a land of opportunity.
For 30 years, the Forum has worked to advance sound federal immigration solutions through its policy expertise, communications outreach and coalition building work, which forges powerful alliances of diverse constituencies across the country to build consensus on the important role of immigrants in America.
Work is centered around four overarching priority concerns:
- Immigration Reform and Workforce Needs – Shaping the policies necessary to make our immigration system serve the national interest, meeting the needs of our economy, workers, and families.
- Integration and Citizenship – Creating the opportunities necessary for immigrants to succeed and contribute to the growth and prosperity of America.
- Borders and Interior Enforcement – Developing fiscally responsible and humane policies that protect America and promote commerce, while respecting the rights of workers and employers, families, and communities.
- State and Local Immigration Developments – Promoting the principle that immigration law and enforcement are federal responsibilities.
Board of Directors
The Board is composed of advocacy leaders and institution builders who collectively reflect the broad pro-immigrant community with respect to race/ethnicity, geographical, religious, and political views. They include leaders of national advocacy groups, leaders of state/local advocacy groups, leaders of organizations serving immigrants and/or refugees, key players in the immigration debate, and community leaders.
- Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., Chair, First Institutional Baptist Church
- Denyse Sabagh, Vice Chair Duane Morris, LLP.
- Eddie Aldrete, International Bank of Commerce
- Jeb Bush, Jr. Jeb Bush & Associates, LLC
- Louis Malfaro, American Federation of Teachers
- Bob Naerebout, Idaho Dairymens Association
- Fred Niehaus, Interactive Global Services, LLC
- Peter Orum, Midwest Groundcovers, LLC
- Laura Reiff, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
- Angelica Salas, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
- Mark Shurtleff The Shurtleff Group
- The Most Reverend Jaime Soto, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento
- Nan Stockholm Walden, J.D. Farmers Investment Co. (FICO)
- Felicia Wong, The Roosevelt Institute
- Ali Noorani, Executive Director
- Mark Falzone, Deputy Director
- Serap Akisoglu, Director of Development
- Eileen Barthelmy, Director of Finance and Operations
- Maurice Belanger, Director of Public Information
- Larry Benenson, Assistant for Policy and Political Affairs
- Joshua Breisblatt, Advocacy and Policy Associate
- Carolyn Ciciarelli, Office Manager
- Nora Feely, Constituencies Program Director
- Margaret Fitzgerald, Assistant for Development
- Dan Gordon, Manager of Communications
- Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Faith and Social Media Campaign Coordinator
- Lesley Lopez, Director of Communications
- Mario A. Moreno, Press Assistant
- Jennie Murray, Manager of Integration Programs
- Shuya Ohno, National Field Organizer
- Alissa Perman, Executive Assistant