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.
Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez is PICC’s Statewide Capacity Building Coordinator. He leads the PA is Ready! project, capacity building efforts, and civic engagement program. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Carlos grew up in Lancaster, PA. As a DACA beneficiary, his commitment to immigrant rights is rooted in his experience living undocumented. He mobilized immigrant voters in Illinois, drafted policy at the U.S. House of Representatives, and resettled refugees at Church World Service. He helped organize PICC’s first statewide gathering of immigrant youth and led advocacy efforts for the PA DREAM Act. Additionally, he has written in the New York Times, The Conversation, Mitú and others on immigration and Latino affairs. He was featured in a CNBC documentary. Carlos holds undergraduate degrees from Harrisburg Area Community College and Amherst College. He earned graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge and Tsinghua University as a Gates Scholar and Schwarzman Scholar, respectively. He is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese. As a product of Pennsylvania schools and community values, he hopes to empower hard-working people like his mother to defend their rights through his work at PICC.
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.
Alicia Quebral is the Women Empowered to Lead Program Staff member serving the Pittsburgh region. She began volunteering with refugees at a resettlement agency in her hometown of Buffalo, and throughout her undergraduate years was an active ESL tutor with FORGE (Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment), serving as co-president from 2012-2013. In 2013 she was a co-founder of Pittsburgh Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment (PRYSE) Academy, a program that provides educational and leadership opportunities for refugee and immigrant youth. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her BA in International Relations, with minors in Economics and Latin American Studies. Her most recent position was Program Coordinator for Immigrant Services and Connections (ISAC), a six-agency collaborative program serving immigrants throughout Allegheny County. She currently serves as the volunteer Director of Operations for the Alliance for Refugee Youth Support & Education (ARYSE).
Maria Sotomayor is PICC’s Deputy Director. She leads PICC’s youth organizing project and education justice advocacy campaigns. 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.
Andalisa Lopez is PICC’s Policy Intern. Andalisa is a graduate student currently studying Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice. Andalisa previously interned at HIAS PA as a refugee case manager. Before moving to Philadelphia, Andalisa worked in Washington, DC at a national children’s literacy nonprofit and co-chaired the Women’s Information Network’s Non-profit Network where she organized social and professional networking opportunities for women in the district. Following graduation in May 2018, Andalisa hopes to continue engaging with refugee and immigrant communities.
Carid – Arbin A. Maranan is PICC’s Civic Engagement Intern. “My over-all, encompassing goal in life is to become the best version of myself and inspire others to do the same. In addition to being the Civic Engagement Intern at the Pennsylvania Immigrant and Citizenship Coalition, I am also the Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP program) Coordinator at the Aquinas Center. The program takes the goals of building unity and diversity, supporting learning, as well as inspiring thoughtful action, and combines it with the entrepreneurial spirit and economic justice from the perspective of young leaders. I fit in well in these positions because of who I am as a person. If I had to describe myself in one word, that word would be “fighter.” My entire life, I have been fighting to succeed despite any given circumstances – whether it’s getting the best grades I can, telling the funniest jokes, honing my martial arts and fighting techniques, or if it’s persistently pursuing creative solutions to a given situation. This desire to succeed against all odds is fueled by my passion to be the change I wish to see in – along with my desire to give back to – the world. And this Civic Engagement Internship puts me one step closer to achieving that.”