Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

Staff and Interns

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.

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.

 

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 former 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.


PICC Interns

Greg Antonelli is PICC’s Civic Engagement intern. He holds a BA in psychology and a BA in music from Wheaton College (MA). His experiences working with children from all over the world as an assistant teacher and supervisor have fueled his commitment to promoting a more just immigration system. Greg hopes to pursue this goal by empowering new citizens through PICC’s voter registration efforts. He also intends to work towards a masters degree in public policy and aspires to dedicate himself to a career in public service.

Carly Rose Pourzand is PICC’s Policy Intern. Carly worked as a small group facilitator and trainer for over 5 years at World in Conversation, Center for Public Diplomacy. There, she practiced a grassroots approach to conflict resolution and facilitated cross-cultural conversations on contentious social issues. Through the stories shared in these dialogues and by people in her family, Carly was given a window into the daily injustices experienced by the immigrant community – their resilience has inspired her commitment to advance immigrant rights. She continues to facilitate through her work with Colombia se Escucha. She also worked at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, in the Latina Domestic Violence Program, and Nationalities Service Center (NSC), and studied Persian (Farsi) through the FLAS fellowship. Carly holds her B.S. from Penn State University and she is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work and a Global Human Rights Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania.