Reshma Shamasunder has served as Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center since 2003. Under Reshma’s leadership, CIPC has helped to advance several successful campaigns at the state level, including preserving important health and human service programs, supporting survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence, stalling abusive employment verification practices, and furthering important immigrant integration efforts. Reshma currently serves on the board of Health Access California and previously served as co-chair of the South Asian Network in Los Angeles. Reshma was most recently an inaugural fellow with the Rockwood Fellowship for a New California, a leadership program for California’s immigrant rights leaders. She was previously Director of Benefits Policy and Government Affairs at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, and also worked for several years on child labor issues in India. Reshma holds a Bachelors Degree from UCLA and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Carlos Amador is CIPC’s Lead Organizer, based in Los Angeles. He brings a wide-range of organizing and campaign skills from his years as a national immigrant youth leader. He was previously the Project Manager of the Dream Resource Center at the UCLA Labor Center, where he worked on issues impacting immigrant youth nationally. He is a former Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the United We Dream Network, and a founding Steering Committee member of the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance. Carlos was also a key member of the successful national campaign that won the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012. Carlos graduated from the UCLA with a Masters of Social Welfare in 2011.
Ronald Coleman is CIPC's Government Affairs Manager, based in Sacramento. Formerly, Ronald was the Legislative and Policy Director for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), and most recently with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE). He has over 8 years experience advocating on a wide-range of issues to protect the interests of low income communities and working families. Ronald has received his Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center, and his BA in Political Science from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. Ronald is also a member of the State Bar of New Jersey.
Gabriela Villareal is the Policy Manager based in CIPC's Los Angeles office. Previously, she was the Immigration Advocacy Policy Coordinator for the New York Immigration Coalition and also worked for Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program as the Training and Advocacy Director. She is an Opportunity Agenda 2012 Communications Institute Fellow. Gabriela served as a board member of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and is a recipient of the King County Coalition against Domestic Violence "Take Action" Award.
Jon Rodney is CIPC's Communications Manager, based in Oakland. Jon uses his passion for language to lift up the voices of immigrant communities in the media. During his tenure, he has developed communications strategies which have secured hundreds of pro-immigrant news hits. He's also provided training and support to many grassroots groups. Jon previously managed communications and development at the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy. Jon is a graduate of UC Berkeley in Spanish Language and Literature, and speaks both Spanish and modern standard Arabic.
Gina Da Silva is CIPC's Policy Advocate, based in Sacramento. From 2011 to May 2014, Gina was CIPC's Program Coordinator. Before coming to CIPC, Gina she spent several years in the Republic of Panama as the manager of a hotel. Prior to this she worked with the Women of Color Resource Center in Oakland as the Peace & Solidarity Intern. Gina is a graduate of the University of San Francisco in Politics and International Studies, with a focus on Latin American Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies.
Betzabel Estudillo is CIPC's Health Policy Coordinator based in Los Angeles. Previously, she was the Community Coordinator for the CLEAN Carwash Campaign organizing immigrant carwash workers in Los Angeles. While in graduate school she interned with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health analyzing health policies and providing best practices when working with immigrants. She has also been a community organizer in multiple immigrant youth groups including IDEAS at UCLA, DREAM Team Los Angeles, Graduates Reaching a Dream Deferred (GRADD) and the CIRCLE Project. She obtained her M.S.W from the University of California Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles.
Carolina Gamero is CIPC's Communications Associate based in Los Angeles. Her commitment to serving immigrant communities stems from working as a Communications Associate at East LA Community Corporation, where she raised awareness of the need for affordable housing and economic development in predominantly low-income Latino neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and assisted with grant proposals aiming to improve neighborhood health by increasing points of access to fresh food. Carolina was a member 2011 and 2012 Youth Advisory Committee for National Council of La Raza and holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego.
Lucia Lin is the Bay Area Organizer for CIPC, based in Oakland. Previously, she worked in Los Angeles with the Downtown UCLA Labor Center and the Koreatown Immigrant Worker's Alliance (KIWA). Her community organizing experiences include working with the Chinese Progressive Association, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) AFL-CIO, and many other grassroots immigrant Asian Pacific American groups across the country. Lucia is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles in Asian American Studies as well as Labor & Workplace Studies, and speaks Mandarin Chinese.
Steven Sepulveda is the CIPC's Program Assistant, based in Sacramento. Before coming to CIPC, Steven served as a legislative intern at the California State Senate for Senator Norma Torres. Prior to this, he served as a field director for several political campaigns at the Senate, Assembly, and Congress levels. Steven is a graduate of the University of California Riverside in Political Science with an emphasis on Law and Society.
Michelle Yoon is CIPC’s Executive and Development Assistant. She graduated from UCLA in 2014 with a B.S. in Psychobiology and a minor in Global Studies. She worked as a research assistant at the UCLA Baby Lab throughout her undergraduate education, studying infants’ cognitive and perceptual development and maintaining logistics. Through the UCLA Labor Center’s Dream Summer program, Michelle interned at APAIT and became a Covered California Certified Educator to work on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in low income, underserved communities. As a founder of ASPIRE Los Angeles and a former member of IDEAS at UCLA, Michelle has been involved in the immigrant rights movement for several years, working closely with undocumented APIs to push for administrative relief, stop deportations, and provide education access.
Felicia Gomez is CIPC's Policy Coordinator based in Los Angeles. Her work prior to coming to CIPC has heavily focused on US-Mexico foreign policy and human rights issues as well as educational access for immigrant communities in San Diego and New York City. She has formerly worked with and volunteered for organizations like the Justice in Mexico Project, Make the Road New York, and Mixteca Organization in Brooklyn. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and International Relations from the University of San Diego and a M.A. in International Educational Development with a concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University.