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Informing the National Perspective on Immigration Reform

Monday, October 29, 2018
9:30am - 12:00pm PDT
The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities, Suite C
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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Immigration issues have attracted significant attention over the past few years as changes in federal policies have ignited debates across the political spectrum. In July 2018, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and BPC Action published a new report, The New Middle on Immigration Reform, which suggests a consensus set of immigration policies that Americans support is more to the right than many realize. The report is based on a nationwide survey, focus groups and roundtable discussions. 

But where does California fit into this dialogue? Grantmakers in California, where one in four residents is an immigrant and half the children in the state have a parent who immigrated to the United States, have been working on the issue of immigration for years. California donors have been funding at the local, regional or statewide level, yet may not be engaged at the federal level when it comes to immigration reform efforts.

Philanthropy California and BPC have partnered to deepen the conversation with California grantmakers and funders to help inform this national debate by organizing three regional “Policy Salons” on immigration across the state.

Join us at these salons to:

  • Learn how the issue of immigration is being framed at the national level;
  • Share experiences with immigration issues at the local and regional level;
  • Gain an understanding of how California grantmakers and funders are thinking about the short- and longer-term strategies for moving immigrant rights and integration forward; and
  • Discuss how we might partner to learn more about California’s attitudes toward immigrants and immigration and develop strategies to help California be more of a leader in the national debate.


Southern California Grantmakers will kick-off the series on Monday, October 29th in Los Angeles, and will continue through October 31st. For more information, email Karla Mercado at [email protected].



  9:30 am: Networking breakfast
10:00 am: Program
12:00 pm: Adjourn




Theresa Cardinal Brown, Director of Immigration and Cross-Border Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC)

Theresa Cardinal Brown is Bipartisan Policy Center’s Director of Immigration and Cross-Border Policy. She came to BPC from her own consulting firm, Cardinal North Strategies, LLC. Previously, Brown was Director of Immigration and Border Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Associate Director of Business Immigration Advocacy at the American Immigration Lawyers Association; and worked in the immigration practices of large Washington, D.C.-based law firms. She also served as a Director and Of Counsel at The Sentinel HS Group, LLC. In 2005 and 2006, she became a member and later director of the Immigration Legislation Task Force in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Policy. She then served as the first DHS director of Canadian affairs, and subsequently as the first DHS attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa. Brown is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Delaware, with a degree in International Relations and Economics.


Shiu-Ming Cheer, Senior Staff Attorney and Field Coordinator, National Immigration Law Center (NILC)

Shiu-Ming Cheer focuses on challenging immigration enforcement, promoting access to legal status and integrating a field strategy into NILC’s issue areas. Previously, she held the positions as a Soros Justice Fellow and Managing Attorney at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network’s Los Angeles Detention Project and Children’s Attorney at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. In those roles, she represented detained immigrants facing deportation. She was also the civil rights coordinator at South Asian Network and a Public Benefits Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. She currently serves on the Boards of the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance and the Filipino Migrant Center.



Efrain Escobedo (Moderator), Vice President, Education & Immigration, California Community Foundation

Efrain Escobedo is Vice President in charge of education and immigration programs at California Community Foundation. Escobedo has had an extensive career, dedicated to increasing civic engagement and ensuring public policies and institutions not just serve but also empower our communities. He has worked nationally and locally on efforts to increase citizenship, voter participation and the Census, and is recognized nationally and locally as an active leader and expert in Latino civic engagement and elections policy. Prior to joining CCF, Escobedo was the manager of governmental and legislative affairs for the Registrar of Voters in Los Angeles County, the largest election jurisdiction in the nation. Escobedo also served as Senior Director of Civic Engagement for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, where he helped develop and lead several national efforts in the areas of Citizenship, voter participation and the 2010 Census. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California and is a recent graduate of the Los Angeles County Executive Leadership Program.


Michele Stockwell, Senior Vice President, Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC); Executive Director, BPC Action 

Michele Stockwell is a Senior Vice President at BPC and also serves as the Executive Director of BPC Action. Prior to joining BPC, she was Policy Director for then-House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, overseeing a policy team focused on setting and advancing the majority’s congressional agenda. Previously, she worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to former Senator Joe Lieberman and as a Legislative Aide to former Representative Dave McCurdy. Stockwell served as the Policy Director for Joe Lieberman’s presidential campaign. In 2004, she joined the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), where she directed PPI’s family, social, and education policies. She has been selected by The Washingtonian as one of its 100 most powerful women. She has a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Kansas and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma.



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