Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

Staff and Interns

PICC’s staff and interns create and implement plans to further the issue, policy, and program goals set by PICC’s membership. See current opportunities to join PICC’s Team!


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. Read a message from Sundrop.

Contact Sundrop: sundropcarter@paimmigrant.org, 215-821-8097


Anita Jo is PICC’s bookkeeper and administrative staff. Anita moved from Indonesia about 20 years ago. She has had a role in accounting or finance throughout her professional life with a variety of organizations and working in many industries, including small businesses, software testing and data analysis, and government. Anita has a Bachelor Degree in Accounting. Anita has always been deeply curious and passionate about social justice and equality. When not busy with numbers or being nerdy, she likes to tinker with DIY project from art, drawing, cooking, baking, and making everything from scratch when possible. 

Contact Anita: anitajo@paimmigrant.org, 215-346-6760


Prudence Powell is PICC’s Civic Engagement Coordinator. 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.

Contact Prudence: prudencepowell@paimmigrant.org, 215-867-9410


Sayeeda Rashid is PICC’s Resource Director. She is a social worker, coalition builder, and a proud queer South Asian woman. Her commitment to social and economic equity took root during her early years as a first-generation Bangladeshi immigrant from Saudi Arabia and navigating the intricate systems of inner-city neighborhoods of New York. Sayeeda comes with a decade of experience across social services, local government, and academia, where she has worked with the underlying mission to strategically address systemic issues and create equitable change. Prior to joining PICC, she worked at the City of Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs developing city-wide initiatives, programs, and policies affecting LGBTQ communities. Sayeeda earned a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership and a Master of Social Work from University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College.

Contact Sayeeda: sayeedarashid@paimmigrant.org, 215-703-8395


Yeny Romero is PICC’s Youth Organizer. She is also a sister, a daughter, a niece, a cousin, an aunt, a granddaughter, a great granddaughter, a godmother, and a friend. Yeny and her family proudly carry Central American roots and decadence. She identifies herself and her family as continental travelers since they have traveled from Central America to the northwest of the United States and then later traveled to relocated  in the Northeast of the United States. She considers herself a World Citizen at her early 20’s and her plans include to one day be able to call herself a World Traveler. Yeny has spent her formative years in The Historic City of Reading, Pennsylvania, where she is now surrounded by a diverse community she calls family. Her passion for her roots and her experiences have led her to different roles in leadership for social justice in different human rights movements. She graduated from Reading Senior High School, while being a DACA recipient in Pennsylvania, and proceeded to attain her undergraduate degree at Alvernia University. 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 opportunity to evolve. Insta Handle: @yenyrome

Contact Yeny: yenyromero@paimmigrant.org, 484-352-3068


Maria Tinoco is PICC’s Capacity Development Director. She was raised in Reading, PA after migrating from Mexico at the age of four.  After a two-decade long journey, she become a citizen in her mid-20s. She identifies as an Americanized Mexican-taking characteristics, customs, and traditions from both cultures to live a rich and meaningful life. She has more than ten years of experience in Higher Education with Pennsylvania State University and Kutztown University of PA.  She received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Kutztown University and has worked as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor for the Double-A affiliated baseball team of the Philadelphia Phillies since 2010. She has been a guest speaker at multiple colleges and conference forums across Pennsylvania and is an impassioned advocate for opportunities for first generation immigrant students like herself. She continues to strive through her work to provide resources, support, and to advocate for those who seek her guidance. 

Contact Maria: mariatinoco@paimmigrant.org, 484-246-5471 


PICC Interns

Felicia Shapiro is PICC’s new policy intern for the 2020-21 academic year. She is completing her Master of Social Work at University of Pennsylvania, and will graduate in May 2021. Felicia received her Bachelor of Social Work from University of Toledo in 2019. She completed her undergraduate fieldwork at Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute. During her time there, Felicia focused her efforts on training mental health providers about human trafficking throughout Toledo, Ohio and the surrounding area, chaired Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition’s Mental Health Subcommittee, and contributed to the development of screening tools for human trafficking victims. Shortly after graduation, she moved to the Philadelphia area in the pursuit of more macro social work opportunities. Most recently, Felicia worked as a case manager at Urban Affairs Coalition’s Center for H.O.P.E., where she worked with community members experiencing homelessness to retrieve identifying documents, gain employment, find affordable housing, and tend to various other presenting needs. Felicia has always closely connected to the Jewish concept of tikkun olam ‘repair of the world’ and plans to continue her efforts in the pursuit of social justice.

Contact Felicia: education@paimmigrant.org, 484-246-5640