The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Chair of the Board, is the Bishop of Brooklyn, New York. He has a 30-year career in the areas of immigration assistance and refugee resettlement services. He has served as both an advocate for refugees and immigrant concerns in political forums, and as the initiator and administrator of programs to assist refugees and immigrants both within the United States and in many countries throughout the world.
Bishop DiMarzio was installed as Bishop of Camden, Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, in July 1999. In addition, he is a Member of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People and Chairman, Migration Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Past special assignments include: Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark (1996-99); Vicar for Human Services, Archdiocese of Newark (1991-99); Executive Director, Catholic Community Services (1992-1997); Vice President of the Board, Cathedral Health Care Systems, Inc. (1992-99); Associate Executive Director, Catholic Community Services (1991-92); Executive Director, Migration and Refugee Services, (USCCB), Washington, DC (1985-91); Director of Special Services, Catholic Community Services, Newark (1978-85); Director of Office of Migration, Catholic Community Services, Newark (1977-79); Refugee Resettlement Director - Archdiocese of Newark (1976-85).
The Bishop was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in 1970, and has served on 11 pastoral assignments. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the New York-based Center for Migration Studies. He was formerly on the Boards of the International Catholic Migration Commission where he served as Vice President, and the National Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Forum. Bishop DiMarzio also has served as a consultant to the International Migration Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Refugee Policy Group, Consejo Episcopal Latino Americano (CELAM), Bogota, Colombia, CIPRA)/Georgetown University, and Catholic University. In addition, the Bishop has published numerous papers and speeches and testified before Congress on many occasions.
Bishop DiMarzio earned his PhD in Social Work Research and Policy at Rutgers University, his MSW at Fordham University, an STB from Catholic University, and a BA from Seton Hall University; he also holds an Honorary Doctorate from LaSalle University.
Joseph Chamie is the Director of Research at the Center for Migration Studies and the former Director of the Population Division in the Department for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Secretariat. He was with the United Nations in the field of population, both overseas and at Headquarters in New York for close to a quarter century. Dr. Chamie served as the Deputy Secretary-General for the 1994 International Conference for Population and Development, and has worked in various regions of the world in national programs dealing with health and family planning issues, specializing primarily in South Asia and Western Asia.
Dr. Chamie has also conducted research and taught at universities in the United States and abroad. He holds BS, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan. In addition to completing many studies issued under the United Nations authorship, he has published numerous studies in his own name in such areas as fertility, marriage, family planning, population estimates and projections, international migration and population policy.
Antonio Maciel is Senior Program Executive at Arcus Foundation in New York. Mr. Maciel was most recently an independent consultant, providing programmatic and management services to foundations and nonprofit organizations; grant-making and grant evaluation; strategic planning and program implementation; issue research and planning; financial and management development; and organizational development and capacity building.
Prior to that, he was Director at the US Justice Fund at the Open Society Institute (OSI), where he supervised a staff of 17 working on issues related to criminal justice, immigrants’ rights, women’s rights, racial justice, drug policy reform, civil liberties, and independence of the judiciary.
He spent 12 years at OSI, starting as Director of the Emma Lazarus Fund. The Lazarus Fund, a one-time, $50 million grant-making program, which concluded its activities in 2000, was created by George Soros to assist immigrants affected by welfare reform. After the conclusion of the Emma Lazarus Fund, he became Director of Grant-making and Program Development, overseeing the grant-making strategies of OSI in the United States. He also previously worked in Brazil on a special project for OSI, linking the OSI Angola Foundation to nonprofits, activists, and journalists in Brazil.
Prior to joining OSI, Mr. Maciel was a program officer at the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, with responsibility for the Immigrants’ Rights, Lesbian and Gay Rights, International Human Rights, and Environment programs. In addition to grant-making, he has significant experience in the field of immigration, having worked as a staff attorney at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project.
Mr. Maciel was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He earned his JD from Stanford Law School and a BA in languages from the University of Delaware.
Rita Süssmuth is the former Chair of the President of the Bundestag and a former member of the German Commission on Immigration. She earned a Doctorate in Philosophy in 1964 and has taught at Ruhr University, the University of Gottingen, Sorbonne University and Johns Hopkins University.
She joined the Christian Democratic Union party in 1981 and became in 1985 German Federal Minister for Health, Youth and Family, where she developed innovative public health solutions to drug-related problems.
In 1988, she reached the prestigious position of President of the Bundestag (Federal Chamber of Deputy), which she held for 10 years. She has been a member of the parliament since 1987 and holds leading positions in numerous institutions and foundations such as the Institute for East-West Studies, the Association for German Catholic Families, and the German AIDS Foundation. She has published a number of publications including About the German Parliament (1995) and AIDS, Wege aus der Angst (1987). She and Werner Weidenfeld recently co-edited with Managing Integration: The European Union's Responsibility Towards Immigrants.
Antonio Vitorino, a Partner of Gonçalves Pereira, Castelo Branco & Associados, is the former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs (1999-2004). He served as Portugal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense from 1995-1997 and prior to that, he was a Member of the European Parliament (1994-1995). He has also been a Judge of the Portuguese Constitutional Court (1989-1994), Vice-President of Portugal Telecom Internacional (1998-1999), and Secretary of State of the Government of Macau (1986-1987).
He has been an assistant professor at the University of Lisbon Law School since 1982, and has also taught as a Professor at the Universidade Autónoma Luís de Camões and Universidade Internacional of Lisbon.
Mr. Vitorino is a member of the Portuguese Bar Association and the author of several works on Constitutional law, Political Science, Community Law, both in Portugal and abroad.
He holds a Masters Degree in Legal and Political Science and received his law degree from the University of Lisbon Law School.
Warren R. Leiden is a partner in the San Francisco and Washington DC (Northern Virginia) offices of Berry, Appleman & Leiden. His practice is limited to corporate immigration law, and he is active in Washington, DC, policy and congressional matters.
Mr. Leiden is a member of the national steering committee of the Compete America
business immigration coalition and serves on the Policy Management Committee
of the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council. He has been active in the debates
on major immigration legislation since 1982 and has testified before Congressional
committees on numerous occasions. He was a Member of the US Commission on Immigration
Reform (1992-1997), appointed by Congress and chaired by the late Barbara Jordan.
Mr. Leiden’s Martindale Hubble Rating is AV, its highest level. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and Chambers & Partners’ America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Mr. Leiden was named an Honorary Fellow of the American Immigration Law Foundation in 1997. He is a featured speaker at industry and law conferences on business immigration topics.
Mr. Leiden received his BA from Johns Hopkins University and his JD from Boston University School of Law.
Ambassador Andrés Rozental is the President of Rozental & Asociados, an international consulting firm. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales) and a Senior Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Ambassador Rozental was Ambassador to the United Kingdom for México from 1995 to 1997. He has been a career diplomat for more than 30 years, having served his country as Deputy Foreign Minister (1988-1994), Ambassador to Sweden (1983-88), Permanent Representative of México to the United Nations in Geneva (1982-83), as well as other positions within the Mexican Foreign Ministry and abroad. He has held the life rank of Eminent Ambassador of México since 1994. From December 1, 2000 to 31 December, 2001, he served as Ambassador-at-large and Special Presidential Envoy. On January 1, 2002 he was elected Founding President of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations for the period 2002-2006. During 2006, he advised President Felipe Calderón on foreign policy during the campaign and transition periods.
He has been a part-time professor of international relations at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico and a member of the editorial board of the Reforma newspaper. He is the author of four books on Mexican foreign policy and of numerous articles on international affairs. He is a member of the Board of Foreign Affairs en Español. In June 2002, he was elected a member of the Board of the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and is currently its Vice Chair. He is a Member of the Inter-American Dialogue and is on the Board of the Pacific Council for International Policy. In 2007, he was appointed a Governor of Canada’s International Development Research Center. He also holds non-executive Board positions in several multinational corporations in Spain, the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, and México.
Ambassador Rozental obtained his professional degree in international relations from the Universidad de las Américas in México, and his Masters in International Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He also did postgraduate studies at the University of Bordeaux in France.
Demetrios G. Papademetriou is co-founder and President of the Migration Policy Institute. Previously, he was a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he directed (1993-1998) and co-directed (1998-2001) the International Migration Policy Program. He is a leading expert on migration and integration issues in North America, Europe, and Japan.
Dr. Papademetriou was the U.S. convener of the high-level, bi-national, U.S.-Mexico Migration Panel that devised the framework that encouraged Presidents Vicente Fox and George W. Bush to reexamine their countries' migration relationship. Dr. Papademetriou is the Co-Founder, former chair (1995-99), and Chair Emeritus of "Metropolis: An International Forum for Research and Policy on Migration and Cities." Metropolis is a cooperative interdisciplinary international policy research effort involving researchers from public and private sector institutions from twenty-two countries. His most recent book (with Deborah Meyers) is Caught in the Middle: Border Communities in an Era of Globalization, released in October 2001.
Prior to joining the Carnegie Endowment, Dr. Papademetriou was the Director for Immigration Policy and Research at the U.S. Department of Labor and the Chair of the Secretary of Labor's Immigration Policy Task Force. From 1991-1996, he concurrently served as the Chair of the Migration Committee of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). From 1983-1988, Dr. Papademetriou was the Executive Director of Population Associates International, a research and consulting firm specializing in immigration and population issues, and a Senior Policy Advisor on immigration and refugee issues to the National Conference of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. From 1980-1983, he served as the Executive Editor of the International Migration Review, the field's principal scholarly journal, at New York's Center for Migration Studies.
Dr. Papademetriou has taught at the University of Maryland, Duke University, and the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. His publications on the topic of immigration cover a wide range of both domestic and international issues. He has written over one hundred and fifty articles, book chapters, and magazine pieces on the subject, as well as more than two dozen books, monographs, and major reports.
Kathleen Newland is co-founder of the Migration Policy Institute and the director of MPI's Migrants, Migration, and Development and Refugee Policy programs. Previously, she was a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she co-directed the International Migration Policy Program. She also chairs the Board of Directors of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children and sits on the Board of the International Rescue Committee.
Prior to joining the Endowment, Ms. Newland worked as an independent consultant for such clients as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Bank, and the office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. She wrote the first State of the World's Refugees report for UNHCR, which has become the organization's flagship biennial publication. From 1988-1992, Ms. Newland lectured at the London School of Economics and co-founded (with Lord David Owen) and directed Humanitas, an educational trust dedicated to increasing awareness of international humanitarian issues. From 1982-1987, she was Special Assistant to the Rector of the United Nations University in Tokyo. She began her career as a researcher at Worldwatch Institute in Washington D.C., where she analyzed migration, population, refugees, and women's issues.
Ms. Newland is the author or editor of five books and 11 shorter monographs as well as numerous articles and book chapters. The latter include the opening chapter of the 1999 World Refugee Survey and the concluding chapter of UNHCR's State of the World's Refugees 2000. She is also the executive producer of three documentary films on humanitarian issues. She served as Advisor to Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Task Force on Communications for the UN reform effort, and has advised the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Director General of the International Labor Organization on strategic communication of policy priorities.
Ms. Newland is a graduate of Harvard University and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She did additional graduate work at the London School of Economics.
Lidia Soto-Harmon is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC), a position she was appointed to in 2010 after serving six years as Chief Operating Officer. GSCNC serves 90,000 members in the Greater Washington region.
Ms. Soto-Harmon has created many innovative programs to reach girls from underserved communities. Prior to joining the council, she served as Senior Vice President for Community Development for First Book, a national children’s literacy organization dedicated to getting new books into the hands of children from low-income families. She also served as Deputy Director of the President’s Interagency Council on Women, chaired by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, at the US Department of State. She previously was Senior Director of the Fannie Mae Foundation’s Targeted Outreach Department, designing the first corporate nationwide multilingual strategy to reach new immigrants to promote homeownership in the United States in the late 1990s.
Ms. Soto-Harmon serves as a Board Member for the Tahirih Justice Center, an organization that helps immigrant and refugee women seek protection from international human-rights abuses.
She earned her master’s in public administration from George Mason University and bachelor’s from Drew University.
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