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The President’s Executive Action on Immigration and its Impact on Southern California

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Following the recent expansion of administrative relief—the largest reform of its kind in contemporary history—immigration reform is once again at the center of public attention.

Southern California is home to more than 900,000 undocumented immigrants who are potentially eligible for administrative relief. This includes 466,000 in Los Angeles County alone. Join your grantmaking colleagues for this special briefing to learn more about what the President's Immigration Accountability Executive Action means for the Southern California region.

The program will include a policy overview of the Executive Action by Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center. We’ll also explore the latest data on economic implications for our region with Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at USC.

Next we’ll hear from a panel of local funders and service providers about why and how philanthropy can collaborate to build on the current infrastructure for broader executive action:

  • Rosie Arroyo, Program Officer, Civic Engagement, California Community Foundation
  • Dr. Linda Lopez, Chief of the Office of Immigrant Affairs, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Daranee Petsod, Executive Director of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
  • Angelica Salas, Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

The President's Immigration Accountability Executive Action will provide nearly five million undocumented immigrants, mostly parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, the opportunity to apply for temporary work authorization and protection from deportation. These expansions will create additional visa options for immigrant entrepreneurs, high-skilled workers, and students in STEM fields, making this a historic opportunity and a pathway for greater economic growth in our region.

We hope you join us to explore this critical and constantly evolving issue.


This program is co-sponsored by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and presented in partnership with California Community Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles/Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Weingart Foundation.









Rosie Arroyo
Program Officer, Civic Engagement, California Community Foundation

Rosie Arroyo manages programs, initiatives and outreach for CCF’s Administrative Relief initiative, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Citizenship and early childhood education programs under the Civic Engagement and Public Policy department.  For over a decade, Rosie has dedicated her career to the educational empowerment of underserved communities.  Having started a young career in the field of education by working for LAUSD, she went on to work for NALEO Educational Fund where she worked as Program Coordinator for Civic Education and played a key role in organizing and coordinating an unprecedented and historic national citizenship campaign titled Ya es hora ¡Ciudadanía! As one of the lead organizers for this campaign, Arroyo was instrumental in organizing more than 150 organizations in Southern California and throughout the country to implement one of the largest, historic and national efforts to promote U.S. citizenship.  Rosie joined CCF in October 2007 and serves on the board of directors for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE).  She earned a Bachelor’s in Mexican-American Studies from California State University, Los Angeles and recently completed an MPA program with California State University, Northridge. 

Marielena Hincapié
Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center 

@MarielenaNILC @NILC_org
Marielena Hincapié is Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center, the main organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants in the U.S. Under her executive leadership, NILC has grown to be one of the premier immigrants’ rights organizations, strategically using a combination of litigation, policy, communications, and alliance-building strategies to effect social change. Hincapié began her tenure at NILC in 2000 as a staff attorney and served as NILC’s Director of Programs from 2004 to 2008. Before joining NILC, Hincapié worked for the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco’s Employment Law Center, where she founded the Center’s Immigrant Workers’ Rights Project. She holds a juris doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law and served on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration.

Dr. Linda Lopez 
Chief of the Office of Immigrant Affairs, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Dr. Linda Lopez was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the new Chief of the Office of Immigrant Affairs in September of 2014. The Office serves many functions for immigrants in the city (1) coordination of city services and departments (2) convening with organizations and agencies around immigration integration issues and (3) tracking and advocating for sound immigration policies at the federal, state and local level and its implementation. Prior to her appointment by Mayor Garcetti, Dr. Lopez was an Associate Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives in USC Dornsife College and formerly a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation in Washington DC. She is an expert in public policy and received her Master Degree and PhD at USC in Political Science. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals on public policy issues affecting racial and ethnic communities and voting participation. Dr. Lopez was born in Los Angeles to parents who immigrated from Ecuador.

Dr. Manuel Pastor 
Professor, Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California
The Founding Director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Manuel Pastor also directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC and co-directs USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. Dr. Pastor holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has received fellowships from the Danforth, Guggenheim, and Kellogg Foundations. His research has focused on issues of the economic, environmental, and social conditions facing low-income urban communities—and the social movements seeking to change those realities. Dr. Pastor served as a member of the Commission on Regions appointed by California’s Speaker of the State Assembly, and in January 2002 was awarded a “Civic Entrepreneur of the Year” award from the California Center for Regional Leadership.

Daranee Petsod 
Executive Director of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
@DaraneeGCIR @gcirtweets 

Daranee Petsod, Executive Director of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, has worked on immigrant-related issues for more than 25 years. Prior to joining GCIR in 1998, she held leadership positions at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and was a program officer at the Field Foundation of Illinois, Inc. and the Sophia Fund. She has served on the boards of the Donors Forum and the Heartland Alliance, both in Chicago, and the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C. Ms. Petsod earned an M.A. in social policy from the University of Chicago.

Angelica Salas 
Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
@AngelicaCHIRLA @chirla

Since becoming CHIRLA's executive director in 1999, Angelica Salas has spearheaded several campaigns locally, state-wide, and nationally. She helped win in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students and established day laborer job centers that have served as a model for the rest of the nation. She led efforts to allow all California drivers to obtain a driver license and is a leading spokesperson on federal immigration policy as an active member of FIRM and RIFA. Under Angelica's leadership, CHIRLA and its partners across the country have built the foundation for the recent upsurge in immigrant rights activism.  As part of a national coordinating committee, Angelica helped convene a coalition of organizations in California which have successfully mobilized millions of immigrants for comprehensive immigration reform. One of Angelica’s greatest accomplishments at CHIRLA has been the transformation of a coalition of social service providers into an organization that empowers immigrants to engage in advocacy on their own behalf.

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