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Natasha Kelemen has been the Executive Director of PICC since August 2012. She has more than fifteen years of experience working with diverse immigrant and refugee communities in Philadelphia, the U.K, and Angola. Tasha has worked to support immigrant rights and access to resources in a variety of leadership roles at community-based, advocacy, legal and human service organizations. Tasha came to PICC from the Nationalities Service Center (NSC), where she led the formation of the Philadelphia Refugee Health Collaborative – a nationally-recognized model in refugee health care. Prior to joining NSC, Tasha was the Health Services Director at the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition responsible for development and oversight of multiple community health education and outreach programs. She has been an active member of PICC since 2000 and served as the Co-Chair of PICC’s Health Care Committee for several years. Tasha has extensive experience in fundraising, coalition building, program development and community outreach. She holds a Master of Social Service degree from Bryn Mawr College. Tasha immigrated to the U.S. as an adult and speaks French, Portuguese and Dutch.
Sundrop Carter is PICC's Organizing Director, responsible for coordinating PICC's advocacy and organizing work. Raised by hippie parents, Sundrop always knew she would be involved in social justice movements. She began her organizing career in Philadelphia with ACORN, then moved to Allentown, PA to open a new office. She then went to law school with the goal of bringing much-needed legal tools to her organizing practice. Most recently, Sundrop has been working with organizations and activist projects that support immigrant workers fighting for justice at their workplaces. Sundrop received her bachelor's degree in Comparative Politics from Clark University in Worcester, MA and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. She is admitted to practice law in New York State.
Jorge Salazar is an Organizer, responsible for helping to coordinate the Pennsylvania Dream Act campaign as well as developing our grassroots work in affected immigrant communities. Jorge is originally from La Paz, Bolivia and has lived in Philadelphia since the age of 7. Jorge is a DACA beneficiary and the struggle for comprehensive immigration reform is especially personal to him since many of his friends and family are currently undocumented. Jorge has been involved as an activist for CIR since 2006, when he worked on the "Day Without an Immigrant" rallies. Jorge has been a member of DreamActivist Pennsylvania, the New Sanctuary Movement and La Puerta Abierta youth mentorship program. Jorge is a proud alum of the Center for Progressive Leadership New Leaders program and The New Sanctuary Leadership School.
Maria Sotomayor is PICC's Civic Engagement & Community Outreach Coordinator, responsible for administering PICC's voter registration and civic engagement program. Maria comes from Ecuador and is a DACA recipient. She graduated from Neumann University in May 2013 with a BA in Psychology and minor in Communications.