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Advisory Board

Immigrant Food partners with some of America's most prominent immigration gurus

There is an African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

In the journey of creating Immigrant Food, we’ve been counting on the support and counsel of several immigration gurus, who advise us on everything from answering our 3 a.m. emails (not calls!), to recommending content for The Think Table. Together, they are some of America’s leading immigration experts. Their experience includes working directly with immigrants, advising former presidents and policymakers on immigration policy, and partnering with America’s businesses on immigration reform.

Meet our four advisory partners and be sure to look for them when you’re at Immigrant Food!

Marshall Fitz

Managing Director of Immigration at Emerson Collective

Marshall is the Managing Director of Immigration at Emerson Collective, a social change organization founded and led by Laurene Powell Jobs. Marshall is one of America’s most well-known and respected voices on immigration policy, and a regular contributor to a wide array of news outlets including the Washington Post, The Hill, ThinkProgress, but also The Washington Times and Fox News. He was previously vice president for immigration policy at American Progress and a former adviser to the Obama White House.

Tamar Jacoby

President of ImmigrationWorks

Tamar is president of ImmigrationWorks, an organization comprised of small American business owners working to advance better immigration law. Her writing on race relations and immigration has been published in numerous outlets, including Commentary, Dissent, The Nation, The New Republic, Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times Book Review, among others. Tamar is the former deputy editor of the op-ed page of The New York Times and was an editor at Newsweek. Her book, Someone Else’s House: America’s Unfinished Struggle for Integration, tells the story of race relations in three American cities—New York, Detroit and Atlanta.

Angela Kelley

Senior Strategic Advisor for Immigration at the Open Society Foundation

Angela has been at the forefront of policy debates and legislative work on immigration policy and was part of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Angela is regularly quoted by major news organizations including The New York Times, Washington Post, POLITICO, and also has appeared on national television and radio including PBS, MSNBC, Fox, and National Public Radio. Angela began her career as a staff attorney at Ayuda, one of our five heroic NGO partners.

Anya McMurray

Senior Director of Immigration Policy and Strategy at Emerson Collective

Anya is the Senior Director of Immigration Policy and Strategy at Emerson Collective. She focuses on broader strategy efforts, working in cultural and artistic spaces to move people’s hearts and minds on immigration policy. Anya is a former public defender who served as deputy general counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

One Journey

NGO that highlights the artistic contributions of immigrants and refugees

One Journey is an exceptional non-for-profit organization that connects people through the ‘common languages of humanity’, which include music, dance, art, storytelling, technology, food, and more. Our partnership aims to connect Immigrant Food to the artistic community. It has been a natural fit. Immigrants are scientists, economists, business leaders, but they are also artists, singers, dancers, and storytellers. One Journey has the know-how to unite and showcase the talent of aspiring immigrant artists and performers. Vanda Berninger, Wendy Chan, Julia Duncan and the entire team of volunteers at One Journey are instrumental to Immigrant Food’s connection with the immigrant artistic community, and through our partnership with OneJourney we will connect you to the most talented immigrant artists, performers and storytellers on a regular basis.

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