Staff


Executive

Executive Director, Benjamin Johnson, Esq.
Implements association goals as determined by the Board of Governors. Works with Executive Committee to develop and carry out strategies to achieve goals. Oversees operation of national office and staff. Represents AILA on Capitol Hill, before various government agencies, and in coalitions and with the media. e-mail

Deputy Director of Programs, Robert P. Deasy, Esq.
Responsible for coordination among education and resources, liaison, and online content, and between those operations and marketing, finance, practice resources, technology, advocacy, and PPC. Critical member of senior executive team in National Office. e-mail

Chief Operating Officer, Torey Carter-Conneen
Serves as the chief operating officer responsible for the internal operations of the association. Works with AILA's executive team in planning and executing the strategic vision of the Association. e-mail

Executive Assistant, Ashley Manuel
Provides administrative support to the Executive Director and the Deputy Directors to help further AILA's mission. e-mail


Communications and Outreach

Senior Director of Communications and Outreach, George Paul Tzamaras
Develops association's communications and outreach strategies. Directs the development of media strategies and key message platforms, prepares/coaches AILA Leadership for media interviews and external speaking opportunities; and works with reporters to shape/influence story coverage. Establishes and maintains contact with key media targets at national and local levels. Anticipates and responds to media inquiries. Conducts assessment of potential issues facing the association; creates plans to anticipate and mitigate issues; and counsels senior leaders on response strategies and public responses. e-mail

Associate Director of Communications and Outreach, Belle Woods
Develops press releases, talking points, opinion pieces and blog posts, PSAs, and other messaging materials. Handles press inquiries, represents AILA among communications-focused stakeholder groups, disseminates news clips, and coordinates the work of the AILA Media Advocacy and Media Liaison Committees. e-mail

Digital Media Manager, Ellie Rutledge Silver
Responsible for developing AILA’s digital media strategy by creating social media content for AILA’s platforms, managing AILA’s in-house studio, and producing multiple video series. Facilitates chapters’ social media efforts and provides digital media resources for members. e-mail

Communication Specialist, Tessa Wiseman
Responsible for supporting a variety of communications activities, with a focus on producing content for the Justice Campaign and building engagement across AILA and the American Immigration Council websites, email lists, social media channels and marketing campaigns. e-mail


Education

Senior Director of Education, Grace Woods, Esq.
Develops and directs the association's educational programs, print publications, and resources, including continuing legal education conferences, audio and web seminars, conference publications, CLE accreditation, and overall department administration. e-mail

Associate Director of Meetings, Kathryn Y. Chong, CMP
Responsible for all meeting planning and conference administration for the association. Researches and negotiates all conference, Board meeting, and travel contracts. e-mail

Education Process Manager, Barry Collins
Responsible for developing and managing education processes to ensure the smooth operation of AILA's educational offerings. Responsible for managing the registration process at all conferences. e-mail

Senior Legal Editor, Rizwan Hassan, Esq.
Serves as lead managing legal editor for all conference handbooks and select AILA publications, materials, and resources. e-mail

Education Program Manager, John Area
Works to develop, plan and implement the Association's continuing legal education (CLE) programming in conjunction with the Senior Director of Education. Manages in-person conference programming. e-mail

Continuing Legal Education Associate, Sarah Schwarz
Responsible for the administration of association's continuing legal education accreditation programs, and researching and implementing new initiatives. Oversees, coordinates, and performs reporting for all in-person conferences and convenience learning programming (e.g., audio and web seminars, podcasts, recordings and live webcasts of in-person conferences). e-mail

Meetings Associate, Eunice Lee
Provides extensive service support to members seeking information relating to AILA's educational programs; assists in administering and coordinating AILA's distance learning programming; and provides overall and general administrative support to the Department. e-mail

Education Assistant, Vacant
Provides customer service support to members and practitioners seeking information relating to AILA's Education & Resources; provides administrative support to the Continuing Legal Education program; and general administrative support for logistical matters relating to the Annual Conference and other conferences.

Learning and Development Specialist, Kate Molski
Responsible for developing, standardizing, and implementing learning and development programs for the association, increasing revenue growth, and supporting association education initiatives. e-mail


Finance

Controller, Scott Van Den Berg
Responsible for all in-house financial management, including budgeting and reporting as well as all accounting, banking and investment activities for the Association and ensures the effectiveness of organizational systems, procedures, and internal controls. e-mail

Financial Associate, Arnita Jones
Responsible for managing all operating transactions for the Association. e-mail

Accounting Coordinator, Regchenal Johnson
Processes all credit card payments. Assists with other accounting tasks. e-mail


Government Relations

Director of Government Relations, Gregory Z. Chen, Esq.
Directs AILA's agency, congressional, grassroots, and coalition strategies to fulfill the organization's policy and advocacy objectives, with a focus on immigration enforcement, due process, and removal defense. Lobbies Congress and the Administration, works with the media, and leads or participates in coalitions. Works with national liaison committees to advance AILA's administrative advocacy goals, coordinate substantive law analysis, and disseminate information to the AILA membership. e-mail

Director of Government Relations, Betsy Lawrence, Esq.
Directs AILA's agency, congressional, grassroots, and coalition strategies to fulfill the organization's policy and advocacy objectives, with a focus on employment-based immigration and immigration benefits. Lobbies Congress and the Administration, works with the media, and participates in coalitions. Works with national liaison committees to advance AILA's administrative advocacy goals, coordinates substantive law analysis, and disseminates information to the AILA membership. e-mail

Associate Director of Government Relations, Diane Rish, Esq.
Works with the Director of Government Relations to advance AILA's policy and advocacy objectives relating to employment-based immigration. Lobbies Congress and the Administration, works with the media, and participates in coalitions. Works with national liaison committees, coordinates substantive law analysis, and disseminates information to the AILA membership. Manages AILA's case liaison assistance process. e-mail

Associate Director of Government Relations, Kate Voigt, Esq.
Works with the Director of Government Relations to advance AILA's policy and advocacy objectives relating to immigration enforcement, due process, and removal defense. Lobbies Congress and the Administration, works with the media, and participates in coalitions. Works with national liaison committees, coordinates substantive law analysis, and disseminates information to the AILA membership. e-mail

Senior Policy Associate, Laura Lynch, Esq.
Collaborates with and provides support to designated AILA liaison committees with a focus on interior enforcement, due process, and removal defense. Monitors legislative and administrative developments, including regulatory and process changes. Researches legal issues and analyzes legislation. Assists AILA members with respect to substantive immigration law questions, disseminates information to the AILA membership, and participates in meetings with government agencies and partner organizations. e-mail

Legislative Associate, Alyson Sincavage, Esq.
Lobbies Congress and the Administration on immigration issues with a focus on border enforcement, due process, and removal defense. Monitors and analyzes legislation, develops advocacy materials, maintains department's online and web-based advocacy initiatives, and supports AILA's grassroots activities. e-mail

Policy Associate, Kelsey Harris
Collaborates with and provides support to designated agency liaison committees with a focus on employment-based immigration. Monitors administrative developments, including regulatory and process changes. Researches legal issues and assists AILA members with respect to substantive immigration law questions. Reviews and prepares information for dissemination to the AILA membership. Participates in meetings with government agencies and partner organizations. e-mail

Grassroots Advocacy Associate, Melina Roche
Coordinates grassroots activities related to AILA's advocacy agenda, and facilitates AILA chapters' efforts to strengthen and broaden AILA's chapter advocacy initiatives. Develops advocacy materials, maintains department's online and web-based advocacy initiatives, and organizes AILA's National Day of Action. e-mail

Liaison Coordinator, Elsa Flores
PReceives, screens, and processes requests for individual case liaison assistance with a focus on USCIS Service Center Operations. Works closely and collaborates with AILA's USCIS Service Center Operations Committees and other agency liaison and issue development committees. Provides support to AILA members seeking substantive feedback on immigration issues, information relating to AILA liaison activities, or general information regarding immigration processes and procedures. e-mail

Liaison Coordinator, Paul Stern
Receives, screens, and processes requests for individual case liaison assistance with a focus on the National Benefits Center and USCIS Lockboxes. Works closely and collaborates with AILA's USCIS Field Operations and International Operations Committees, and other agency liaison and issue development committees. Provides support to AILA members seeking substantive feedback on immigration issues, information relating to AILA liaison activities, or general information regarding immigration processes and procedures. Supports and develops chapter/local liaison activities. e-mail

Government Relations Assistant, Jacqueline Blanchard
Provides general administrative support to the Government Relations Department to advance AILA's overall policy and advocacy objectives. e-mail


Information Technology

Senior Associate Director of Technology Services, Matt Pedroso
Manages internal network and computer system operations for the National Office. e-mail

IT Support Specialist, Sara Jones
Provides technical support to the National Office staff. e-mail

Associate Director of Online Services, Andrea M. Chempinski, Esq.
Serves as the primary technical manager for AILA's web-based information services (InfoNet/Agora/AILALink). Maintains public and private web sites. e-mail

Online Services Manager, Jorge Cardona
Serves as the principal manager of the Agora E-Commerce site ensuring that AILA’s products and services are easily accessible to members and the public. e-mail

Website Specialist, Walter Rust
The Website Specialist serves as the primary person responsible for posting materials to the association's online research database (AILALink). Responsible for purchase inquiries and technical user support. e-mail


Marketing and Business Development

Associate Director of Marketing and Business Development, Mary Johnson
Creates and manages cross-organizational, integrated marketing strategies. Contributes to the growth of revenue streams (publications, membership, professional development, advertising, exhibiting, sponsorships, and online storefront) and promotes products, services, and programs. Works to enhance AILA's image and broaden its appeal to new and more diverse market segments. e-mail

Manager of Creative Services, Robert Bequeaith
Oversees the design and production process for graphic design work for National Office materials, including brochures, book covers, Annual Conference and other CLE promotions, signs, membership materials, National Day of Action, and other special design projects. Also assists with the design needs of the American Immigration Council. e-mail

Marketing Associate, Daniel Presser-Kroll
Responsible for non-dues revenue and is the primary contact for with vendors for advertising, exhibiting, list licenses, sponsorships, and affinity partners. e-mail


Membership

Senior Director of Membership, Jennifer English Lynch, CAE
Responsible for all association membership management and membership promotion. Adjudicates all membership eligibility issues. e-mail

Associate Director of Membership and Component Relations, Paul Leahy
Serves as the primary link between AILA's chapter leadership and the National Office, as well as the other components of the organization, including New Members Division (NMD), the Global Migration Section, and the Federal Court Litigation Section. Serves as a resource to chapter officers and other leaders to ensure activities are properly integrated with Association's governance structure and policies, and align with the goals, objectives and strategies of the Association. e-mail

Member Services Manager, LaJuan Campbell
Manages dues collection process, produces membership reports, and responds to member inquiries. e-mail

Membership Outreach Associate, Danny Navarro
Responsible for managing membership outreach efforts to the general public and new and seasoned AILA members, and identifying potential sources for membership. e-mail

Database Analyst, Tizita Wasihun
Leverages a range of data mining and statistical analyses approaches to identify marketing opportunities and provide meaningful segmentation. e-mail

Component Relations Coordinator, Jessica Del Villar
Responsible for component and Chapter outreach and support and aiding in maximizing the AILA member communities experience. e-mail

E-Commerce Customer Service Coordinator, Andrew Gilkes
Responsible for e-commerce customer service including sales, product inquiries, and user support. e-mail

Member Service Coordinator, Kenia Majano
Responsible for member customer service. e-mail


Operations

Director, HR and Administration, Janet Parker
Responsible for human resources and facilities. e-mail

Facility Manager, John Robinson
The Facility Manager is charged with the day-to-day implementation of policies, procedures and programs that will assure a well-managed and well-maintained building. e-mail

Manager, HR and Administration, Tania DaSilva
The role of the Manager, HR and Administration is to develop and implement people strategies that support the mission of the organization and its management philosophy. e-mail


Practice and Professionalism

Director of Practice and Professionalism, Reid F. Trautz, Esq.
Serves as centralized staff resource for members in areas of practice management and development, ethics, UPL, mentoring, and pro bono coordination. e-mail

Associate Director of Practice and Professionalism, Vacant
Coordinates, promotes, and manages AILA pro bono activities. Works primarily with AILA's national partnerships, the AILA Pro Bono Service Committee, chapter pro bono liaisons, and other groups in the pro bono community.

Senior Technical Assistance Attorney, Ilana Greenstein, Esq.
The Senior Technical Assistance Attorney will be a national resource for attorneys and mentors engaged in pro bono detained removal defense (including release from detention, substantive relief, motions to reopen, and related federal court litigation). e-mail

Practice and Professionalism Center Coordinator, Erin Lynum
Provide extensive staff support on various components of the Practice and Professionalism Center, including Consumer Protection Programs, Military Assistance Program (MAP), Mentor Program and other practice management related activities. e-mail

Practice and Professionalism Center Coordinator, Lisa Ward
Provide extensive staff support on various components of the Practice and Professionalism Center, including Practice Management, Military Assistance Program (MAP), Consumer Protection, and other professionalism related activities. e-mail


Publications and Online Resources

Director of Publications and Online Resources, Danielle M. Polen, Esq.
Oversees the association's publishing program and its online resources, including: conceptualizing and producing those core publications that will best serve AILA's membership; ensuring that AILA's online resources (including the website (AILA.org), the online immigration research database (AILALink), and the daily electronic newsletter (AILA8) present a unified vision and are aligned with both the needs of the membership and with the association's goals; overseeing development, editorial, and production processes for AILA's print and digital products; managing in-house and contract editorial staff; planning and goal-setting; and budgeting and sales analysis. e-mail

Online Editorial Manager, Rachel Pulda
Responsible for the overall content and vision of AILA's website and daily electronic newsletter. Oversees monitoring of immigration law developments and ensures that members and interested program staff receive information in the appropriate form. Coordinates all departments to ensure complete and timely posting of news and information, clear communication of member benefits, appropriate presentation of AILA to the public, and quality of postings. Ensures that the website and newsletter present a unified vision. e-mail

Publications Manager, Sarah Redzic, Esq.
Works with the Director of Publications and Online Resources to produce those core publications that will best serve AILA's membership, including: development, editorial, and production processes; managing in-house and contract editorial staff; planning and goal-setting; and budgeting and sales analysis. e-mail

Online Editorial Associate, Lisa Waters, Esq.
Responsible for content of regular e-mail communication to members regarding immigration law news. e-mail

Online Legal Publishing Specialist, Sarah Loor, Esq.
Tracks, analyzes, and gathers statutes, regulations, and other primary source material for use in updating the association's online immigration research database (AILALink) and related print publications. Reviews and edits content to ensure conformity with technical and editorial standards. Provides regular training to members on use of the research database. e-mail

Online Publishing Specialist, Kathleen Burnett
Works as part of a team that both creates, and is tasked with ensuring the integrity of, legal content; performs a variety of routine and more complex tasks to prepare assigned electronic and/or print products for online publication; and ensures that the final product is accurate, complete, and timely. e-mail