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.

Kim Dinh is PICC’s Statewide Capacity Building Coordinator. As a first-generation immigrant from Vietnam, 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.

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. 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

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.

Nyamal Tutdeal is PICC’s Policy Director. Nyamal, also known as Mal (which means peace in the Nuer language), is a former refugee from South Sudan who was resettled in Sioux Falls, SD with her family. Nyamal has worked with various immigrants, migrants, refugees, youth, indigenous communities, and women groups both domestically and internationally as a notable international speaker and an advocate for displaced communities. Her advocacy work took her to the White House through Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services (LIRS) during President Obama’s second term in office. She has led rallies and hosted and facilitated numerous events. Nyamal is the co-founder of the NyaEden Foundation, and before joining the PICC team Nyamal worked as an International Classroom Educator at Penn Museum, a Gambling Specialist and Coordinator with the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) with the City of Philadelphia. Nyamal received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations, and a Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with a concentration in NGO Management, and Social Entrepreneurship.

PICC Interns

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.