Bruna Bouhid is the National Communications Manager at United We Dream (UWD). At the age of 7, Bruna moved from Brazil to the United States with her parents and younger sister. In August 2012, as a junior at the University of Florida (UF) and after 13 years in the U.S., Bruna received her DACA status allowing her to complete a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and political science, with minors in business administration and Portuguese.
While at UF, Bruna worked as a Fellow for the Obama for America campaign, where she lead her own team to complete door-to-door canvassing, voter registration and GOTV. From 2014 to 2017, Bruna worked at the global public relations consulting company, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, most recently as an Account Executive. She provided strategic counsel and support around media relations, digital initiatives, industry research and crisis management for clients in the corporate, energy, association, non-profit and consumer sectors.
In her spare time, Bruna enjoys traveling throughout the U.S. and has a goal to visit all 50 states by the time she becomes an American citizen. 31 more to go!
Bruna is honored to be part of United We Dream’s team as they fight for the rights of immigrant families, like her own.
The daughter of immigrants, Mina was prompted by the September 2017 rescission of DACA to seek out ways to stand in solidarity with our community and support immigrant youth and our families. During the 1930s – 1940s persecution of Japanese immigrants in the U.S., Mina’s grandfather, a farmer in California, was arrested by the FBI and her family was separated and placed in detention camps in New Mexico and Arkansas for several years. She connects to our struggle personally, our communities’s concerns and trauma, and aims to work with us to correct the moral course the country is on.
In this position, Mina will be overseeing the Development Department and working with other teams to strengthen our fundraising capacity to attract, build, and sustain support. Mina also will be working closely with me, the board of directors, and the senior staff team to develop and implement our annual and long-term fundraising strategy.
Mina brings experience of raising funding for both C3 and C4 organizations with annual budgets of up to $50 million. She has led teams for a range of organizations including the Center for Public Integrity, The New School, State University of New York, Children’s Defense Fund, and the Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children.
Julieta Garibay is the Texas Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream – the largest immigrant youth led network in the country. In this capacity, she serves as UWD’s chief strategist.
Garibay began organizing in her hometown of Austin, TX in 2005 to help undocumented youth like her get to college and has since become a fearless defender of her community and advocate for the rights of women. Julieta is the living embodiment of the United We Dream spirit – transforming personal adversity into personal power and hope that has inspired thousands into action.
Julieta has been featured as a leading voice in the immigration movement and has been featured on many of the nation’s top outlets like Univision, CNN, MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, NPR, Telemundo, among others.
Originally from Mexico City, Mexico, Garibay migrated to the U.S. at the age of 12 and lived in Texas for 20 years before moving to Washington, D.C. She co-founded the University Leadership Initiative (ULI) at the University of Texas- Austin, one of the first undocumented youth-led organizations in the nation. She holds a Master’s degree of Science in Public Health Nursing and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Texas.
Cristina Jiménez is Executive Director & Co-founder of United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country. Originally from Ecuador, Cristina came to the U.S. with her family at the age of 13, attending high school and college as an undocumented student. She has been organizing in immigrant communities for over a decade and was part of UWD’s campaign team that led to the historic victory of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012 that protects close to a million young immigrants from deportation. Under Cristina’s leadership UWD has grown to a powerful network of 57 affiliates in 25 states with over 400,000 members.
In October 2017, Cristina was a named a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for her work as a social justice organizer. Cristina is also one of Forbes’s 2014 “30 under 30 in Law and Policy;” and was named one of “40 under 40 Young Leaders Who are Solving Problems of Today and Tomorrow” by the Chronicle of Philanthropy; one of “50 Fearless Women” by Cosmopolitan; and one of 25 disruptive leaders who are working to close the racial opportunity gap by Living Cities. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Letters & Humanities by Wesleyan University. She was also awarded the Creative Change Award.
She has appeared in hundreds of media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, the LA Times, ABC, NPR, The Huffington Post, Univision, Telemundo, and La Opinion. She proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy (NCRP), Hazen Foundation, and Make the Road Action Fund.
Cristina co-founded the New York State Youth Leadership Council, the Dream Mentorship Program at Queens College, was an immigration policy analyst for the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy and an immigrant rights organizer at Make the Road New York. Cristina holds a Masters degree in Public Administration & Public Policy from the School of Public of Affairs at Baruch College, CUNY and graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science and Business from Queens College, CUNY.
Greisa Martinez is Deputy Executive Director at United We Dream. Originally from Hidalgo, Mexico, Greisa immigrated to the U.S. with her family at an early age and grew up in Dallas, TX as an undocumented immigrant.
Greisa has organized immigrant youth and workers for the passage of pro-immigrant policies at the local and national level for the past 10 years.
She co-founded the Council for Minority Student Affairs at Texas A&M University, the first undocumented youth-led group in the University’s 100 year history. She founded the Texas Dream Alliance and was a fellow with the League of Young Voters.
Juanita Monsalve is a social justice digital strategist working to advance the rights of immigrants and people of color. As United We Dream’s Director of Digital, Juanita is committed to using her skills to empower new young immigrant leaders, fight anti-Blackness, and practice transformational organizing. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Juanita moved to Orlando, Florida when she was just starting high school. Later, she attended Williams College, where she received a degree in Philosophy and Art History, with a concentration in Africana Studies.
Prior to joining United We Dream, Juanita was the Digital Director for Reform Immigration FOR America (RI4A), a digital advocacy campaign fighting for immigrant rights and comprehensive immigration reform at the Center for Community Change. She serves on the Board of Directors at the DC-Based immigrant and worker organizing group Many Languages One Voice (MLOV). Juanita is passionate about using media such as film and music to organize our communities. Most recently, Juanita co-hosted Choices & Chismes, a podcast for real talk and for engaging Latinx youth in the 2016 election.
Adrian Reyna leads United We Dream’s groundbreaking technology, digital engagement and communications strategies. Under his leadership, the network has created new technology to help low income community organizers provide service and empowerment opportunities to immigrant youth and families, and has catapulted the digital presence of United We Dream – tripling the size of UWD’s online community.
Born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Adrian came to the U.S. with his parents at the age of 12 and grew up undocumented in Humble, TX, outside of Houston. In college, Adrian “came out” as undocumented and queer and has dedicated his life to helping others live as their full and authentic selves. Adrian now directs one of United We Dream’s largest staff teams where he brings his vision of a connected and vibrant network of formerly isolated and disempowered people into reality every day.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
Stephanie Ji Won Park is an Immigrant Justice Corps Community Fellow at the MinKwon Center for Community Action in Flushing, New York. She receieved 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 grass roots 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
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.
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