GCIR's staff members represent diverse backgrounds, are experts on a range of issues affecting immigrants and refugees, and have extensive experience working in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.
Felecia Bartow, Vice President
Felecia Bartow, vice president, plays a lead role in our membership, funder outreach and engagement, and strategic initiatives. She also oversees our information resources and communications efforts.
Felecia has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the organization as a staff member, she served as a longtime consultant to GCIR. During her career, she has held leadership positions with the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago, the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia, and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies in San Francisco.
Felecia holds a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.A. from Macalester College. In 2000, Felecia served as consultant to COMAL, an alternative community marketing network in Honduras. She was an associate producer of “Rights on the Line” (2005), a video project documenting the rise of vigilantism along the U.S.-Mexico border, and she co-authored Catalysts for Change: How California Nonprofits Can Deliver Direct Services and Transform Communities (2010), a study conducted for The California Endowment. Outside of work, Felecia enjoys spending time with her family and exploring California’s natural environment—preferably at the same time.
Caleb Beaudoin, Executive Assistant
Caleb Beaudoin, executive assistant, provides administrative support to GCIR's president, executive director, and director of programs. He joined GCIR in September 2014.
Caleb is a full-time student at Santa Rosa Junior College, where he is pursuing a degree in business administration. Caleb plans to transfer to Sonoma State University. He previously worked for a small online retailer, performing order fulfillment and data management. A native of Sonoma County, Caleb enjoys cooking, hiking, and attending community events.
Althea Gonzalez, Project Manager
Althea Gonzalez, project manager, supports various GCIR initiatives, with a focus on work in the southeastern United States. She joined GCIR in August 2015.
Althea, who also works as independent consultant to nonprofits and philanthropy, previously served as the North Carolina program manager for Hispanics in Philanthropy. Before that, she was the manager of health parity programs at the Buncombe County Medical Society. She is also a workshop facilitator, providing courses in public speaking and Latino cultural awareness, and is the assistant director of Womansong, a 75-member chorus. She is a board member of the YWCA of Asheville and serves as a bilingual mediator for The Mediation Center in Asheville.
Althea received an M.A. in adult education from North Carolina State University and a B.A. from the University of Chicago. Born and raised in Miami, Althea is the proud daughter of Cuban immigrants and grateful mother of a musical genius. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese. After living in several cities across the country, she chose to settle in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, where she hangs out with friends, gleefully sings, does yoga, goes dancing, and watches the beautiful birds in her backyard.
Harmony Karp Hayes, Director of Operations
Harmony Karp Hayes, director of operations, oversees membership, day-to-day operations, and fundraising. She is also the lead for the California Immigrant Integration Initiative.
She has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the GCIR team in April 2014, she worked at The San Francisco Foundation as coordinator for the Koshland Program where she collaborated closely with resident leaders in low-income neighborhoods throughout the Bay Area on community development projects.
Harmony holds an M.A. from The University of San Francisco. During that time, she managed a research project with support from USAID to examine the impact of social networks on access to micro-credit in the western highlands of Guatemala. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, antique shopping and spending time with her family, especially with her two young sons.
Michael Kavate, Information Resources Manager
Michael Kavate, information resources manager, researches, writes, and edits various informational materials and leads our website and social media activities.
Michael joined GCIR in June 2013 but had worked intermittenly for GCIR as a consultant dating back to 2005, when he served as GCIR's first-ever intern. He has also worked as a newspaper reporter, a report writer for a liquidation company, and a communications intern at a foundation. Michael earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, but spent most of his time there in the offices of the university's independent student newspaper, The Daily Californian. When not hunkered over his laptop, Michael loves hosting dinner parties, traveling to distant places, and tramping through the woods.
Stephanie Martinez, Membership and Administrative Assistant
Stephanie Martinez, membership and administrative assistant, provides general administrative and membership support. She joined GCIR in January 2015.
Stephanie previously held posts in the hospitality industry and at a university procurement office. She earlier served as a summer intern with the Spark Program, an apprenticeship service for disadvantaged youth, and Legal Services for Children, a San Francisco-based legal services provider. Stephanie holds a B.A. in Global Studies from Sonoma State University. During her studies, she spent a year abroad at Universidad de Puerto Rico en Cayey, where she worked as an ESL instructor.
Stephanie was born and raised in Napa. During her childhood, she was involved with two educational nonprofits, Summer Search and Talent Search, which sparked her interest in working in the nonprofit sector. Stephanie enjoys practicing Bikram yoga, attending concerts with friends, and having weekend get-togethers with her very large family.
Daranee Petsod, President
Daranee Petsod has led GCIR since 1999 and has worked on immigration and social and economic justice issues since 1987. As president of GCIR, she develops and leads new areas of work, in addition to providing programmatic, fiscal, and administrative oversight.
Prior to joining GCIR, Daranee was a program and communications consultant for foundations and nonprofits. She previously held leadership positions at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and was a program officer at the Field Foundation of Illinois, Inc. and the Sophia Fund, one of the first women’s funds in the United States. She has served on the boards of the Donors Forum and the Heartland Alliance, both in Chicago, the Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Washington, D.C.
Daranee has authored and co-authored numerous research reports on a range of immigration issues, as well as opinion pieces on the role of philanthropy in supporting immigration and immigrant integration issues. Daranee earned an M.A. in social policy from the University of Chicago and is a recipient of the 2014 Professional Development Fellowship from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation. When not immersed in immigration and philanthropy, she enjoys the great outdoors, savoring gourmet meals, and traveling the world with her family.
Camellia Rodriguez-SackByrne, Program and Initiatives Manager
Camellia Rodriguez-SackByrne, program and initiatives manager, contributes to the design, implementation, and evaluation of GCIR’s programs and initiatives; engages diverse foundations and other stakeholders in our work; and provides guidance on membership and development activities.
Camellia joined the staff in May 2012 after consulting on several GCIR projects. She has a background in human rights nonprofit work, philanthropy, and research. Before coming to GCIR, Camellia worked on a state demographics project at the Stanford Center on Longevity, served as a development and communications manager at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, and was a research analyst with the Sandler Foundation. In addition, she worked for the special counsel to the president at the Open Society Foundations and was a program officer with Parliamentarians for Global Action. Camellia has conducted research for UN Women, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, the Foundation for International Dignity based in Sierra Leone, and the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She holds an MA in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University and a BA in History and Feminist Studies with honors from Stanford University.
Outside of work at GCIR, Camellia is a flutist who performs regularly at St. Dominic’s Church, Congregation Ner Tamid, and in other faith-based settings in San Francisco as well as at senior centers and hospitals. She is a co-founder of the Neighborhood Performance Project (fiscally-sponsored by Intersection for the Arts), performs with the Community Music Center senior choirs, and enjoys being involved in other community-based efforts to advance the arts. Camellia loves exploring the city’s live music scene with family and friends, drinking in fleeting San Francisco sunshine, and tracking down authentic bagels and other tasty baked goods.
Aryah Somers Landsberger, Director of Programs
Aryah Somers Landsberger, director of programs, is responsible for developing programs and information resources. She joined GCIR in February 2016.
Aryah has more than 12 years of experience with immigrant and refugee issues. She served as director of advocacy at KIND championing administrative and legislative protections for unaccompanied children. While a consultant, she co-authored UNHCR’s “Children on the Run” report on the root causes of migration of unaccompanied children from Central America and Mexico to the U.S. As a Fulbright Scholar in Guatemala, she researched safe repatriation and reintegration of children removed from the U.S. to Guatemala.
Aryah has also represented hundreds of children in immigration removal proceedings as a children’s attorney in New York at The Door and in Arizona at the Florence Project. Internationally, she worked in Egypt and Ecuador advocating for refugee children. She has published law journal articles, practice advisories, white papers, statements, and talking points. Aryah earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University. Aryah loves spending time with her family, outdoor walks, and trying out all kinds of amazing cuisine.
Dianna Truong, Communications and Development Manager
Dianna Truong, communications and development manager, manages GCIR’s fundraising and communications operations. She joined GCIR in July 2016.
Dianna previously served as a business development communications strategist at Palantir Technologies, where she wrote proposals concerning a wide range of public interest issues, from global health to humanitarian crisis response. She earlier worked as an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she was actively involved in pro bono work. Most notably, she obtained legal permanent resident status for a domestic violence victim under the Violence Against Women Act, and advanced constitutional challenges in defense of clients facing deportation. Dianna also served on the board of directors of the International Institute of the Bay Area and the OneJustice Advisory Board.
Dianna holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of Southern California. In law school, she represented low-income clients as a student attorney with the Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center and the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. As an undergraduate, she interned with the American Civil Liberties Union and co-founded the organization’s USC chapter. Dianna is a Bay Area native and proud daughter of Vietnamese-Chinese immigrants. She enjoys reading, traveling, and learning about diverse cultures through the universal language of food.
Beatriz 'Bia' Vieira, California Program Director
Beatriz 'Bia' Vieira, California program director, advances GCIR's programs and initiatives in the Golden State. She joined GCIR in August 2017.
Bia brings over 20 years of experience in human rights and advocacy work, including program leadership and management, fundraising, policy development, organizing, public outreach, and constituency building. Bia has helped philanthropic and mission-driven organizations enhance their strategies and scale their impact on a range of issues. Bia previously served for six years as the Philadelphia Foundation’s first vice president for philanthropic services, where she led the foundation’s strategy and distribution of approximately $29 million in annual grants, including a grantmaking initiative addressing the health and wellness of low-income youth of color in Philadelphia. She earlier spent 10 years as the executive director of Lutheran Settlement House, where she managed an annual operating budget of over $8 million and oversaw social services, health, education, and advocacy programs provided to more than 10,000 consumers annually. Born and raised in Brazil, Bia earned a B.A. in Spanish and Anthropology, as well as a M.A. in Literature and Linguistics, from Temple University.