United We Dream Announces Launch of Leadership Transition Process

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For Immediate Release
José Alonso Muñoz | jose@unitedwedream.org | 202.810.0746

Washington, D.C. – Today, United We Dream, the nation’s largest network led by immigrant youth announced that they have begun a yearlong executive leadership transition. 

Over the last decade, United We Dream has become a force in politics with 720,000 members, over 100 local groups and with a reach of over 5 million every month. The group and its members have stopped over 700 deportations, have trained over 60,000 young people of color in organizing and have won systematic change.

Cristina Jiménez, the Executive Director and co-founder of United We Dream and United We Dream Action is expected to transition out of her roles of Executive Director by the Summer of 2020. The new executive leadership will be selected and supported by the immigrant youth who lead United We Dream in an inclusive and open process.

You can learn more about the United We Dream transition process, including a video by Cristina Jiménez here.

Cristina Jiménez, Co-Founder and Executive Director of United We Dream, said:

“United We Dream is at our strongest place and our bench of fierce young leaders is vibrant. In 2020, we will do everything we can to defeat the white nationalist agenda and in 2021 we will face a new set of political realities. I am transitioning from my role at this time so that our network has an established leadership team to meet the challenges of next year and beyond.

As organizers, we train new leaders and create space for them to bring their own insights and experience to our struggle for justice. Our 720,000 members are a testament to our commitment to outreach, recruitment and training a new generation of social justice leaders who are ready to lead. 

I am so proud of what we have achieved and am excited for the victories we will win in our next chapter.”

Diana Valdivia and Sussan Lee, Co-Chairs of the United We Dream Board of Directors, said: 

“We are grateful to Cristina for her leadership and excited for United We Dream’s next chapter. UWD is stronger than ever and after extensive planning, we are excited to launch this one-year executive leadership search, selection and transition process. It is a reflection of who we are as a network: led by immigrant youth. And we will  build a community of support around the new executive leadership to take our network to new heights.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.