- James W. Ziglar, Chair
- The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio
- Michael Fix
- Louis Freedberg
- Warren R. Leiden
- Gustavo Mohar Betancourt
- Kathleen Newland
- Demetrios G. Papademetriou
- Andrew Selee
- Lidia Soto-Harmon
- Rita Süssmuth
James W. Ziglar, former Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), is Chairman of the MPI Board of Trustees. He is Senior Counsel at the law firm of Van Ness Feldman, where he advises clients and colleagues on legal and public policy issues.
From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Ziglar was President and CEO of Cross Match Technologies. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed him Commissioner of the INS, a position he held until December 2002 when the agency was dissolved and its missions transferred to the new Department of Homeland Security. Prior to his INS appointment, Mr. Ziglar served as Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate (1998-2001), a position in which he served as the Senate’s chief operating officer, top protocol officer, and chief law enforcement officer. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science in the Reagan administration.
Mr. Ziglar has more than 50 years of experience in management, finance, law, education, and public policy, spending 17 years as an investment banker and 16 years as a practicing lawyer. He began his law career as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. He later was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School, where he taught immigration law, and was a Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics.
He serves as Executive Councilor (Chairman) of the Board of Councilors of the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (Hiroshima, Japan): a member of the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academies of Science; a member of the Presidents’ Circle of the National Academies; an honorary director of the National Water Resources Association; a trustee of the Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship Foundation; a director of Integrated Biometrics, Inc.; an Emeritus Director of Human Rights First; a director of Immigration WorksUSA, and an Advisory Board member of the National Foundation for American Policy. Mr. Ziglar is a member of the bars of New York, Virginia, Arizona, and the District of Columbia.
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio is the Bishop of Brooklyn, New York. He has had a 40-plus-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 of the 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 (1992-97); 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 the Office of Migration, Catholic Community Services, Newark (1977-79); and 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.
Michael Fix is a Senior Fellow and former President of the Migration Policy Institute. He joined MPI in 2005, as Co-Director of MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, then later became Director of Studies, Senior Vice President, and CEO.
Mr. Fix’s research focus is on immigrant integration and the education of immigrant children in the United States and Europe, as well as citizenship policy, immigrant children and families, the effect of welfare reform on immigrants, and the impact of immigrants on the U.S. labor force.
Prior to joining MPI, Mr. Fix was Director of Immigration Studies at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, where his focus was on immigration and integration policy, race and the measurement of discrimination, and federalism.
Mr. Fix serves on the board of MPI Europe and is a Policy Fellow with IZA in Bonn, Germany. In December 2013, he was nominated to be a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on the Integration of Immigrants into U.S. Society, which over its two-year life examined what is known about the integration of immigrants in the United States and identified major gaps in existing knowledge on this topic.
Previously, he served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Redesign of U.S. Naturalization Tests and on the Committee on the Health and Adjustment of Immigrant Children. He also served as a member of the Advisory Panel to the Foundation for Child Development’s Young Scholars Program. In 2005 he was appointed to the State of Illinois’ New Americans Advisory Council, and in 2009 to the State of Maryland’s Council for New Americans.
Mr. Fix received a JD from the University of Virginia and a bachelor of the arts degree from Princeton University. He did additional graduate work at the London School of Economics.
Louis Freedberg is Executive Director of EdSource, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1977 to clarify complex education issues for policymakers and the public. He was previously founding Director of California Watch, a pioneering nonprofit journalism venture.
Prior to that, he spent more than a decade at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he was an award-winning reporter, Washington correspondent, columnist, and member of the editorial board, writing extensively on immigration issues on a local, state, and national level, including in-depth reporting from the U.S.-Mexico border. He has reported for a wide range of news organizations, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and National Public Radio. He has reported from diverse regions of the world, including Southern Africa, the former Soviet Union, and Central America.
A native of South Africa, he founded and directed the Institute for a New South Africa. He has been a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University, a visiting fellow at the Urban Institute, and a fellow at the Institute for Justice and Journalism at the University of Southern California.
He has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in psychology from Yale University.
Warren R. Leiden is a Partner Emeritus of Berry, Appleman & Leiden, a global corporate immigration law firm headquartered in San Francisco. His practice was limited to corporate immigration law, and he was active in Washington, DC policy and congressional matters.
Mr. Leiden was a member of the national steering committee of the Compete America business immigration coalition and served on the policy management committee of the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council. He was active in the debates on major immigration legislation beginning in 1982 and testified before congressional committees on numerous occasions. He was a member of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (1992-97) appointed by Congress and chaired by the late Barbara Jordan.
He served on the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and was the AILA Executive Director and Washington representative from 1982-96. He was also a founder and Executive Vice President of the American Immigration Council, where he serves as Treasurer.
Mr. Leiden’s Martindale Hubble Rating was AV, its highest level. He was 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. He was named an Honorary Fellow of the American Immigration Law Foundation in 1997.
He received his BA from Johns Hopkins University and his JD from Boston University School of Law.
Gustavo Mohar Betancourt is a private consultant at Grupo Atalaya, specializing in risk management and strategic intelligence. He previously served as Under Secretary for Migration, Population, and Religious Affairs at the Ministry of Governance (Gobernación) in Mexico.
Mr. Mohar also served as Secretary General at the Center for Investigation and National Security (CISEN), previously acting as Director for International Affairs.
He was Mexico’s chief negotiator for migration during the Fox-Bush administrations, leading the Mexican team responsible for negotiations with the U.S. government over agreement for safer, orderly, and legal migration flows between both countries. He also worked at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, acting as representative of the Ministry of Governance, responsible for the migration agenda, border security, and bilateral cooperation on drug trafficking. Since 2001, Mr. Mohar has been involved in Mexico-U.S. efforts to prevent international terrorism and enhance security at the common border.
Previously, he worked in London as Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) representative in Europe and Mexico’s observer to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). He worked in the Ministry of Finance on international finance and development banking.
Mr. Mohar has published several works on international issues and has been lecturer at think tanks and universities in Mexico and the United States. He holds a law degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico).
Kathleen Newland is Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute and is a Senior Fellow. Her focus is on the relationship between migration and development, the governance of international migration, and refugee protection. She is also the Founding Director of the International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) during its incubation phase at MPI from 2011-13; IdEA was established as a partnership among MPI, the State Department, and U.S. Agency for International Development.
Previously, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, she was a Senior Associate and then Co-Director of the International Migration Policy Program (1994-2001). She sits on the Boards of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee and the boards of directors of USA for UNHCR, the Stimson Center, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and the Foundation for The Hague Process on Migrants and Refugees. She also serves on MPI’s Board of Trustees and is a Chair Emerita of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children.
Prior to joining the Migration Program at the Carnegie Endowment in 1994, 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. From 1988-92, Ms. Newland was on the faculty of the London School of Economics. During that time, she also co-founded (with Lord David Owen) and directed Humanitas, an educational trust dedicated to increasing awareness of international humanitarian issues. From 1982 to 1988, she worked at the United Nations University in Tokyo as Special Assistant to the Rector. She began her career as a researcher at Worldwatch Institute in 1974.
Ms. Newland is author or editor of eight books, including Developing a Road Map for Engaging Diasporas in Development: A Handbook for Policymakers and Practitioners in Home and Host Countries (MPI and International Organization for Migration, 2012); Diasporas: New Partners in Global Development Policy (MPI, 2010); No Refuge: The Challenge of Internal Displacement (United Nations, 2003); and The State of the World’s Refugees (UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 1993). She has also written 17 shorter monographs as well as numerous policy papers, articles, and book chapters.
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.
Demetrios G. Papademetriou is Distinguished Transatlantic Fellow and President Emeritus of the Migration Policy Institute. He is President of Migration Policy Institute Europe, a nonprofit, independent research institute in Brussels that aims to promote a better understanding of migration trends and effects within Europe;he also serves on MPI Europe’s Administrative Council.
Dr. Papademetriou is also the convener of the Transatlantic Council on Migration, which is composed of senior public figures, business leaders, and public intellectuals from Europe, the United States, and Canada, and convenes the Regional Migration Study Group, an initiative that has proposed and is promoting multi-stakeholder support for new regional and collaborative approaches to migration, competitiveness, and human-capital development for the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America.
Dr. Papademetriou co-founded Metropolis: An International Forum for Research and Policy on Migration and Cities (which he led as International Chair for the initiative’s first five years and where he continues to serve as International Chair Emeritus); and has served as Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Migration (2009-11); Chair of the Migration Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Director for Immigration Policy and Research at the U.S. Department of Labor and Chair of the Secretary of Labor's Immigration Policy Task Force; and Executive Editor of the International Migration Review.
He has published more than 270 books, articles, monographs, and research reports on migration topics, and advises foundations and other grant-making organizations and senior government and political party officials, in dozens of countries (including numerous European Union Member States while they hold the rotating EU presidency).
Dr. Papademetriou holds a PhD in comparative public policy and international relations (1976) and has taught at the universities of Maryland, Duke, American, and New School for Social Research.
Andrew Selee is President of the Migration Policy Institute, succeeding co-founder Demetrios G. Papademetriou and Michael Fix. He came to MPI from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he served as Executive Vice President from January 2014 through April 2017.
Dr. Selee has worked closely in the past on two of MPI’s signature initiatives: the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future, and the Regional Migration Study Group, which was jointly convened by MPI and the Wilson Center. He also served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations' Task Force on Immigration.
The founding Director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, Dr. Selee is a respected scholar and analyst of Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations. A frequent commentator in the media, he has also written and edited a number of books and policy reports on U.S.-Mexico relations, Mexican and Latin American politics, and Latino immigrant civic engagement in the United States, and is a regular columnist with the Mexican newspaper El Universal. His latest book, Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together, was published by Public Affairs in June 2018.
In his role as Executive Vice President of the Wilson Center and previously as Vice President for Programs, Dr. Selee was involved with the Center’s wide-ranging initiatives in Europe, Asia, Africa, Eurasia, and the Middle East. He is also the author of a major book on think tank strategy, What Should Think Tanks Do? A Strategic Guide to Policy Impact (Stanford, 2013).
Dr. Selee has regularly taught courses at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University since 2006 and was a visiting professor at El Colegio de Mexico.
Prior to joining the Wilson Center as an associate in the Latin American Program in 2000, he was a professional staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives and worked for five years with the YMCA of Baja California in Tijuana, Mexico, helping to start a community center and a home for migrant youth. He later served on the National Board of the YMCA of the USA and chaired its International Committee.
Dr. Selee holds a Ph.D. in policy studies from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of California, San Diego, and a B.A. in Latin American studies (Phi Beta Kappa) from Washington University in St. Louis.
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 U.S. 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.
Rita Süssmuth is the former President of the Bundestag and a former Member and Chairwoman of the German Commission on Immigration. Since 2010 she has been President of the German higher education consortium of German-Turkish Universities in Istanbul (K-DTU).
She joined the Christian Democratic Union party in 1981 and in 1985 became German Federal Minister for Health, Youth, and Family, where she developed innovative public health solutions to drug-related problems. From 1987 to 2002 she served as a Member of the German Bundestag (Federal Chamber of Deputies), and in 1988 became President of the Bundestag, a position she held for 10 years. She was a member of the CDU Presidium (1987-98).
After her career as an active politician ended, Dr. Süssmuth took on numerous other assignments. From 2002 to 2004, she chaired the Advisory Council on Immigration and Integration. In 2004-05 she was a Member of the UN Global Commission on International Migration. From 2005-09 she was President of the private SRH University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.
Dr. Süssmuth 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 earned a doctorate in philosophy in 1964 and has taught at Ruhr University, the University of Gottingen, Sorbonne University, and Johns Hopkins University.