Sundrop Carter is PICC’s Executive Director, stepping into the role after 2 years as Organizing Director. Raised by hippie parents, Sundrop always knew she would be part of movements to advance social justice. She has spent time in various roles, from managing a small business promoting the use of renewable energy in rural Arizona, to organizing in low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia and Allentown with ACORN. In 2006, Sundrop headed 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 B.A. from Clark University in Worcester, MA and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Kim Dinh is PICC’s Western PA Staff and PA is Ready! Network Coordinator. Born in Vietnam and immigrated to the US with their family in high school, Kim’s commitment to immigrant justice is rooted in fighting for workers’ rights and building capacity to organize in immigrant communities. Before coming to PICC, Kim worked at the Thomas Merton Center, a social justice non-profit in Pittsburgh. Kim has worked on and supported a variety of campaigns ranging from wage theft to transit policing. Kim is also an organizer supporting Asian and Pacific Islander worker and immigrant rights, and is a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Pittsburgh Chapter. Kim received a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dong Yoon Kim is PICC’s Political Director. Previously Dong Yoon worked within the Asian, Korean and immigrant communities for citizenship and empowerment in Virginia and Maryland. Upon graduation from the University of Georgia, Athens Dong Yoon worked for an auto supplier in Alabama. As a student, he joined the Economic Justice Coalition and UGA Living Wage Campaign. He is an immigrant from Korea and hopes more first generation immigrants become more involved in social justice, civic participation and leadership.
Prudence Powell is PICC’s Office Manager and Development Assistant. Prudence was born in Jamaica and raised in New York. She moved to Philadelphia in 2004 for a better way of life. Prudence first became active with PICC in 2012, telling her story as part of “We Are DACA,” a documentary about the experiences of undocumented young people. She completed her GED at Temple in 2013. Prudence is a mother of two, is an active member in her church, and has continued to share her story and advocate for immigrant communities.
Yeny Romero is PICC’s Youth Organizer. Yeny is a sister, a daughter, a niece, a cousin, an aunt, a granddaughter, a great granddaughter, a godmother, and a friend. She and her family are from Central America. Yeny is a DACA recipient, who arrived in the United States at the age of six. Her formative years were spent in Reading, Pennsylvania, where she is now surrounded by a diverse community of loving people. Her passion for these life experiences have led her to different roles in leadership for social justice and human rights movements. She graduated from Reading Senior High School and received her undergraduate degree from Alvernia University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare Science and Healthcare Administration. Yeny enjoys the sciences, as well as the arts and sees herself as a lifelong learner and visionary. She believes there is always something to learn and that there is always something to do. Through this conviction she manifests the Franciscan Values which are To Learn, To Live, To Serve.
Maria Sotomayor is PICC’s Deputy Director. She leads PICC’s youth organizing project and education justice advocacy campaigns. Maria is an expert in Education Justice, she often collaborates with K-12 schools and universities across Pennsylvania providing training to better support the immigrant and refugee community in schools and advocates for more inclusive and supportive policies for the immigrant community. Her love for community organizing and leadership building has allowed her to support, engage and develop immigrant youth leaders across Pennsylvania. She has been recognized by many organizations for her commitment to immigrant rights and social justice, in 2017 she was awarded the Social Justice Humanitarian Award at the Initiative at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and the Sandra M. Estanek Young Alumni Award, 2015 HIAS PA Youth Advocate Award and 2013 Mary Bachmann Award at Neumann University. Maria was born in Ecuador and raised in Pennsylvania. She is a former DACA recipient, coming from a mixed-status family and community impacted by the current immigration 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 Chair. Maria became involved with PICC in 2012 shortly after sharing her story at a PICC-organized event in Chester.
Chris Cannito is a current University of Pennsylvania School social work intern in his second year pursuing the Masters of Social with a dual degree in Nonprofit Leadership. Prior to entering graduate school Chris served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for three years in Eastern Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines from 2015-2018. Chris worked on primary literacy, youth development, co-hosted a radio show, he even coached and played rugby while serving abroad. He has a deep love of exploring, collaborating, and serving diverse cultures and communities. He wants to focus his career on bettering the lives of immigrants, international communities, and build bridges across cultures to better support those in need. Chris is excited to be working in Philadelphia once more, where he had previously served as an AmeriCorps City Year volunteer within North Philadelphia on a diverse team focused on supporting at-risk youth.
Julia Pascoe moved to Philadelphia in 2018 to pursue a Masters of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently in her second year of the MSW program with a concentration in Macro Social Work, and is particularly interested in global human rights, immigration policy and advocacy, and public health advocacy. Julia graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA in May of 2015 with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Global Development Studies. Julia recently completed a social work internship with HIAS Pennsylvania, where she focused on casework and community outreach with the Asylee Outreach Project. Prior to beginning her MSW education, Julia has worked with a wide range of nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she worked in media planning at an advertising agency, where she helped lead national digital fundraising and awareness campaigns for nonprofit organizations such as Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Conquer Cancer. Julia looks forward to working with immigrant communities and allies to advocate for immigration policy reform and increased accessibility of resources for immigrants throughout Pennsylvania.