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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. Before coming to PICC, Sundrop worked with organizations and activist projects supporting 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.
Maria Sotomayor is PICC's Civic Engagement & Community Outreach Coordinator, responsible for administering PICC's civic engagement, DACA outreach, and Pennsylvania Dream Act work. Maria was born in Ecuador and raised in Pennsylvania. She is a DACA recipient. Coming from a mixed-status family and community impacted by the current immigration system, Maria hopes to educate and support immigrant communities to use their voice and power to change the system. Maria graduated from Neumann University in May 2013 with a BA in Psychology and minor in Communications. She dedicated her time at college to educating fellow students about immigration, serving as a liaison for the Keep the Dream Alive concert, Drop the I-word Campaign and raising funds for La Puerta Abierta’s Youth Mentorship Program where she has been a mentor and is a current Board member. Maria became involved with PICC in 2012 shortly after sharing her story at a PICC-organized event in Chester.