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!


Andy Kang is PICC’s Executive Director. Andy comes to PICC with extensive experience working in the immigrant rights movement in Chicago, serving as Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago for the past 3 years. Andy was one of the lead negotiators and strategists for the Illinois TRUST Act, the VOICES Act, and Automatic Voter Registration. Andy has also advocated successfully to strengthen Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance. On language access, Andy worked on improving Chicago’s language access ordinance, helped create the State of Illinois’ Language Access to Government Services Task Force, and oversaw a poll monitoring operation to protect the rights of limited English proficient voters as required under the federal Voting Rights Act. Regionally, Andy has participated in capacity building support to AAPI community organizing groups in Michigan, Ohio, and Minnesota and was co-founder of Asian American Midwest Progressives, a 501(c)(4) organization. Recently, Andy initiated the launch of Advancing Justice-Chicago’s anti-hate bystander training project in response to the rise of anti-Asian hate incidents. Andy serves as the Board President of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and has engaged in strategy formation and advocacy on federal immigration reform. He has previously served on the City of Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations and the Committee on Equality, Equity, and Opportunity for Governor Pritzker’s transition team; and co-chaired the Good Governance Committee for Mayor Lightfoot’s transition team. He currently serves as the co-chair of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s immigration committee.

Contact Andy: andykang@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


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 


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. They are a community organizer, social justice advocate, and a proud queer Bangladeshi first-generation immigrant. Their commitment to immigrant and refugee work took root during their early years as an immigrant from Saudi Arabia and navigating U.S.’s immigration and social service system post-9/11. Sayeeda comes with a decade of experience across social services and local government, where they have worked with the underlying mission to strategically address systemic issues and create equitable change. Prior to joining PICC, they worked at the City of Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs developing city-wide initiatives, programs, and policies affecting LGBTQ communities, and those at the intersection of race, immigration status, and/or disability. 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 organizes PICC’s Youth Leadership and coordinates the Tuition Equity and Inclusion Campaign. Yeny and her family proudly carry Central American roots and descendance. She identifies herself as a continental traveler since she migrated from Central America to the northwest of the United States and then later migrated to relocated  in the Northeast of the United States. Her passion for cultural roots and her own 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 DACAmented student in Pennsylvania. She proceeded to attain her undergraduate degree at Alvernia University. Yeny enjoys the sciences, the arts, and anthropology. She sees herself as a lifelong learner and visionary. She believes there is always something to learn and that there is always opportunity to evolve. Today Yeny collaborates with migrant and refugee youth from different parts of the State to raise and uplift the stories of residing communities suffering under the United States Cruel Immigration System. She also coordinates the Campaign for Tuition Equity and Inclusion in Pennsylvania.

Contact Yeny : Yenyromero@paimmigrant.org


Andrew Dodd is PICC’s newest intern. Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, Andrew earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Rowan University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Along with his internship and graduate studies, he’s also employed at Public Health Management Corporation as a Support Coordinator, where he locates, coordinates, and monitors services for individuals diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities to ensure they achieve a meaningful everyday life. His passion for social justice has led him to assist NGOs such as the Durbar Committee, a women’s right collective based in West Bengal that advocates against anti-human trafficking and provides education for HIV/AIDS prevention. It’s Andrew’s belief that one must lead from the heart to become an effective change agent for marginalized and disenfranchised peoples here in Pennsylvania, and across the globe.

Contact Andrew: piccintern@paimmigrant.org or 412-387-7422


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