Staff

  1. Artemio Arreola

    Artemio is currently the Political Director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. In his position, Artemio manages our New Americans Democracy Project, which is a non-partisan civic engagement program that seeks to engage and mobilize voters on issues our members and allies prioritize. In addition, Artemio deals with many different political organizations and individuals… Continue

  2. Breandán Magee

    Breandán Magee, a native of Belfast, Ireland, has joined ICIRR as the new Senior Director of Programs. He will oversee a newly amalgamated department that includes the New Americans Initiative, the Immigrant Family Resource Program, Uniting America, WIC and SNAP. He will be responsible for the $6.5 million in state funding that ICIRR grants to our partner agencies every year. He brings… Continue

  3. Celina Villanueva

    Celina Villanueva is currently the New Americans Democracy Project/Youth Engagement Manager at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. With a background in youth development, leadership development and civic engagement, Celina has previously served as the Director of Organizing at Chicago Votes, as well as working on various issue-based campaigns including the fight for Marriage… Continue

  4. Cindy Agustin

    Cindy Agustin is the Executive Assistant to the CEO.

  5. Dagmara Avelar

    Dagmara Avelar was born in Quito, Ecuador in but grew up in Bolingbrook, IL. She earned a B.A in Justice Studies with a minor in Political Science from Northeastern Illinois University located in Chicago, IL. As the Programs Manager for the New Americans Initiative (NAI) and Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP), she is part of the team responsible for overseeing program implementation,… Continue

  6. Demian Kogan

    Demian Kogan has been ICIRR's Director of Organizing since April of 2016. Demian and his family immigrated from Argentina to Israel to Chicago, and he has been in the US since the age of three. He has 12 years of grassroots community organizing experience. Most recently he served as the Associate Director of Communities United, an ICIRR member organization based out of Chicago's Northwest Side.… Continue

  7. Fred Tsao

    Fred Tsao is the Senior Policy Counsel at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. In this position, he provides technical support, trainings, and presentations on immigration-related topics to service providers, immigrant community organizations, and others who work with immigrants. He also provides updates and analysis of changes in immigration policies and procedures to ICIRR… Continue

  8. Kim Suh

    Kim Suh is the Finance & Accounting Manager at ICIRR.

  9. Lawrence Benito

    Lawrence Benito is ICIRR's CEO/Executive Director. In his role, he is responsible for running all facets of the organization. Lawrence has a proven executive track record and over 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. Formerly as Deputy Director for ICIRR, he was the lead of the senior management team, overseeing the program and political operations. He also served as… Continue

  10. Linda Tucker

    Linda Tucker is a seasoned fundraising and communications professional with over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of fundraising to include individual, major gifts, planned giving, foundation, corporate and capital campaign fundraising. Linda has worked in both corporate and non-profit organizations including world class companies including Motorola, Avon Products, Garfield Park… Continue

  11. Luis F. Huerta-Silva

    Luis Huerta-Silva serves as the Administrative Relief Regional Trainer at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). As a Trainer he has focused on capacity-building initiatives with partner organizations in anticipation of major immigration policy changes. Prior to transitioning to this position, Luis served in a fellowship with ICIRR focusing on voter registration and… Continue

  12. Luvia Quiñones

    Luvia Quiñones serves as the Health Policy Director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). In this role, Luvia oversees the In Person Counselor Program, the Immigrant Health Care Access Initiative and in collaboration with ICIRR's members develops ICIRR's health policy agenda with a special focus in access to health care and on health care reform. Prior to… Continue

  13. Phoebe Flaherty

    Phoebe Flaherty is a healthcare organizer at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Phoebe’s primary focus at ICIRR is working with the Healthy Communities Cook County coalition on a campaign to expand healthcare access to the uninsured in Cook County. Phoebe comes from a labor organizing background; she has 3 years of experience organizing airport workers in New York with… Continue

  14. Sandra Hoyt

    Sandra Hoyt is the Senior Director of Finance and Administration.

  15. Sophie Vodvarka

    Sophie is the Communications Coordinator for ICIRR and oversees media and public relations for the coalition. She is a native of Nebraska and has resided in Chicago since 2013. Her background includes working in communications and development at Illinois Housing Development Authority, Jesuit Refugee Services, and Call To Action. Sophie earned an MA from Loyola University Chicago in Social… Continue

  16. Sara Rusnak

    Sara Rusnak is the Program Coordinator, specializing in the New Americans Initiative and the Immigrant Family and Resource Program. She is responsible for program implementation, monitoring and reporting, as well as outreach. An important part of her role is providing technical assistance, training, and support to partner organizations. She has previous experience serving immigrants as an ESL… Continue