Our Team

Board Of Directors

Diana Valdivia

Co-Chair

Diana Valdivia

Diana Valdivia was born in Baja California, Mexico. At the age of 13, Diana moved to the U.S. Since 2012, Diana has been involved with immigrant rights organizations through various ways including being part the San Diego Dream Team, organizing conferences for and with undocumented students pursuing grad school, organizing DACA clinics in San Diego County as a Own The Dream Organizer, and mostly recently being part of UWD DEEP Advisory Council. Diana holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master’s in Education/Student Affairs. As an undocumented immigrant she continues to be committed to the collective intersectional liberation of immigrants.

Jesus Cisneros

Co-Chair

Jesus Cisneros

Jesus Cisneros is a naturalized citizen and queer Latino. He migrated to the U.S. from Chihuahua, Mexico at the age of 6 and has been involved in undocuqueer organizing efforts since 2012. As an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, Jesus brings his knowledge of higher education research and practice to highlight the intersection of education and immigration.

Ji Won Stephanie Park

Secretary

Ji Won Stephanie Park

Stephanie Ji Won Park is an Immigrant Justice Corps Community Fellow at the MinKwon Center for Community Action in Flushing, New York. She received her B.A. in English, History, and Media at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College and was inspired by her own experiences of being undocumented and by the immigrant community around her to join the fight for immigrant justice. At the MinKwon Center, she serves the Asian American undocumented community through direct legal services and oversees all of the DACA cases as a BIA Accredited Representative.

Stephanie is also an active member of MinKwon’s Asian American Dream Coalition (AADC), where she helped to develop its mission statement and monthly newsletter. As a core member of AADC, Stephanie works to empower other undocumented Asian American youth to speak out against inequities and realize the capacity of grassroots organizing. Through serving on the UWD Board, Stephanie hopes to continue the work of building an empowered immigrant youth network to become unafraid and unashamed, and organize towards immigrant justice

Keron Blair

Keron Blair

Gregory A. Cendana

Gregory A. Cendana

Organizer, strategist and dancer Gregory Cendana is President and Co-Founder of Can’t Stop! Won’t Stop!, a consulting firm of and for people of color. He was the first openly gay and youngest-ever Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and Institute for Asian Pacific American Leadership & Advancement. Gregory is also the immediate past Chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, co-founder of the diversity initiative Inclusv, and serves on the board of directors for United We Dream and 18 Million Rising. Gregory has been named one of Washington DC’s most influential 40-and-under young leaders, one of the 30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30, DC’s Inaugural Power 30 Under 30™ Award Recipients & the “Future of DC Politics”. Follow him on Twitter & Instagram: @GregoryCendana

Isaac J. De Luna Navarro

Isaac J. De Luna Navarro

Isaac was born and raised in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. Him and his family moved to the U.S. in 2005 when he was 14 years old. Now at 26 years old he serves and leads as the Social Media and Communications Manager for the NM Dream Team, a statewide network of undocumented students and allies that seeks to advance the rights of undocumented immigrants through community organizing, leadership development, and advocacy. Isaac has spent much of his time uplifting the stories of his community through his communications work and as a small documentary maker. Being a single father to a 3 year old daughter, he now understands first-hand the need to continue fighting for social and racial justice at an intergenerational level. Isaac is currently finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communications.

Geehyun Sussan Lee

Geehyun Sussan Lee

Sussan is a naturalized citizen who immigrated to New Jersey from South Korea when she was 9 years old. She is an immigration staff attorney at Queens Law Associates, a public defender’s office in Queens, NY. Through her work as an immigration attorney, Sussan hopes to advocate for not only the protection but the expansion of rights of the immigrant community.

Roksana Mun

Roksana Mun

Roksana Mun was born in Bangladesh and migrated to NYC in 1991 and grew up in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and Jackson Heights, Queens. Her mother is a domestic worker and her father was a street vendor and is now a taxi driver. Growing up working-class has shaped a large part of who Roksana is as an organizer and her commitment of immigrant, worker and racial justice. Roksana joined as a youth member of DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving) in 2003, through their Summer Organizing Institute. She became a member because of the Islamophobia at school and losing family members who were deported due to Special Registration, a post-9/11 program which required 80,000 non-citizens from Muslim countries to register with ICE and DHS and deported 13,000 people.

Roksana was the Youth Organizer of DRUM from 2008-2009. From 2009-2011, she was a Legal Advocate at the Urban Justice Center for welfare advocacy for low-income/no-income New Yorkers. Roksana rejoined DRUM in April 2011 as the Dignity in School Campaign Organizer to focus on local and national policies to end the School-to-Prison Pipeline and the criminalization of youth of color. Roksana is currently the Director of Strategy and Training at DRUM. She oversees the development and progress of the Racial, Immigrant and Education Justice campaigns across both youth and adult memberships.

Kaitlin Koga

Kaitlin Koga

Kaitlin Koga is the Chief of Staff of The Bail Project (TBP) where she coordinates the strategic, human capital and scaling priorities of the organization. Kaitlin brings a decade of experience working on social justice issues, including over seven years of direct service work with low-income youth and people in prison, as well as managing over a dozen impact-focused consulting projects with nonprofits and government organizations in the US and abroad. Prior to TBP, Kaitlin led strategy and organizational development at a prison education non-profit, served as a college counselor in Boston Public Schools, developed criminal justice reform policy in President Obama’s White House and worked as an associate consultant at a non-profit human capital management firm. Kaitlin has a BA in History and Literature from Harvard College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Kaitlin was born and raised in Hawai’i and her grandparents were first- and second-generation immigrants from China, Japan and Okinawa. Her family’s stories of crossing oceans and enduring arduous conditions laboring in sugar cane plantations were foundational in her passion for social change and her understanding of the intersections between colonialism, capitalism, racism and immigration justice.

Austin Belali Thompson

Austin Belali Thompson

Austin Belali Thompson is a leader and public speaker in the social sector who has helped hundreds of managers and organizations engage people more effectively using data, technology, and agile management practices. He is currently supporting innovative efforts that leverage the speed and scaling potential of technology and digital media to advance immigrant and refugee rights. When he was the Executive Director of the Youth Engagement Fund at NEO Philanthropy, he was one of the largest and most vocal funders of digital skills training for multi-cultural leaders across the U.S. Before that he led a multi-year organizational change effort at one of the largest U.S. labor unions in the country utilizing design-thinking and digital innovation to make unions a more welcoming place for younger members. A global thinker and doer, Austin has trained and mentored emerging leaders in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. He serves on multiple nonprofit boards committed to multi-cultural diversity and social inclusion. Austin is an MBA candidate at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a graduate of Howard University in Washington D.C

Alejandra Gomez

Alejandra Gomez

Alejandra Gomez was born in Pomona, California to immigrant parents.  Alejandra became aware of the US’ broken immigration system at a young age after Prop 187 was passed.  Prop 187 was an anti-immigration law that targeted undocumented immigrants living in California in the mid-1990s. Alejandra’s father at the time was undocumented and Prop 187, forced Alejandra’s family to move to Arizona in hopes of escaping the dangers of Prop 187 and other anti-immigrant sentiment.

Alejandra began her career in community organizing in 2007, during the beginning of Sheriff Joe  Arpaio’s criminal suppression sweeps that were racially charged and targeted immigrant communities.  Seeing the fear and harassment her community was experiencing and the remainder of her own childhood, Alejandra began working with Maricopa Citizens for Safety and Accountability to organize against Sheriff Arpaio and his unfair practices.  

Since her start in organizing, Alejandra has focused her work on immigration rights through large-scale civic engagement efforts to bring out the Latino vote and direct action. Alejandra lives in Phoenix, AZ and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University. Alejandra was the Field Manager for the Adios Arpaio campaign that registered Latinos to vote during her time with the New Organizing Institute, worked for Organizing for America in Arizona and has dedicated her work not only to leading large scale voter registration efforts that surpassing 90,000 Latinos voters registered but also worked as a Deputy Organizing Director at United We Dream during the immigration reform push in 2013 and 2014. Rooted in the her family’s immigration struggle, Alejandra lead the organizing efforts in the fight for DAPA and expanded DACA at United We Dream National Network as the Deputy Organizing Director.

Alejandra has dedicated her life to a commitment to social justice and community empowerment through grassroots mobilization. Currently, Alejandra serves as Co-Executive Director’s for the Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA).


UWD Staff

  • Adam Luna
    Adam Luna
    Senior Advisor, Communications
  • Adrian Reyna
    Adrian Reyna
    Director of Membership and Technology Strategies
  • Ambar Pinto
    Ambar Pinto
    Deportation Defense Hotline Manager
  • Bruna Bouhid
    Bruna Bouhid
    National Communications Manager
  • Carmen Caneda
    Carmen Caneda
    Senior Advisor, Special Projects
  • Carolina Bortolleto
    Carolina Bortolleto
    Logistics Manager
  • Claudia Quinonez
    Claudia Quinonez
    DC, MD, VA Organizer
  • Cristina Jimenez
    Cristina Jimenez
    Executive Director & Co-Founder
  • Daniel Nino
    Daniel Nino
    Administrative and Human Resources Manager
  • Deyanira Aldana
    Deyanira Aldana
    DC, MD, VA Organizer
  • Elizabeth Cuna
    Elizabeth Cuna
    National Field Director
  • Frances Valdez
    Frances Valdez
    Texas Advocacy and Fundraising Advisor
  • Gabriela Hernandez
    Gabriela Hernandez
    Regional Organizer, Southwest
  • Greisa Martinez
    Greisa Martinez
    Deputy Executive Director
  • Hafid Dumet
    Hafid Dumet
    Deputy Director of Operations & Finance
  • Jassiel Perez-Silvas
    Jassiel Perez-Silvas
    Creative Manager
  • Juan Manuel Guzman
    Juan Manuel Guzman
    Community and Government Affairs Manager
  • Juanita Monsalve
    Juanita Monsalve
    Creative & Digital Director
  • Julieta Garibay
    Julieta Garibay
    Texas Director & Co-Founder
  • Justin Nguyen
    Justin Nguyen
    Digital Content Producer
  • Joshua Meach
    Joshua Meach
    Accounting Associate
  • Katy Boswell
    Katy Boswell
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Luz Hilda Campos
    Luz Hilda Campos
    Deportation Defense Program Manager
  • Maria Asuncion Bilbao
    Maria Asuncion Bilbao
    Florida Organizer
  • Mina Devadas
    Mina Devadas
    Development Director
  • Nestor Ruiz
    Nestor Ruiz
    National Digital Organizer
  • Nora Hernandez
    Nora Hernandez
    Administrative & Logistics Lead
  • Ricardo Campos
    Ricardo Campos
    Regional Organizer, East Coast
  • Rodrigo Huertas
    Rodrigo Huertas
    Digital Communications Manager
  • Sanaa Abrar
    Sanaa Abrar
    Advocacy Director
  • Sheridan Lagunas
    Sheridan Lagunas
    Field Communications Manager