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, Senior Advisor
Felecia Bartow, senior advisor, provides guidance and leadership to GCIR on a number of strategic initiatives. She works part-time and is currently based in Europe.
Felecia has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the organization as a staff member in 2011, she was a longtime consultant to GCIR. Most recently, she served as GCIR’s Vice President, playing a lead role in our membership, funder outreach and engagement, and strategic initiatives as well as overseeing information resources and communications efforts. 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.
Caleb Beaudoin, Executive and Database Associate
Caleb Beaudoin, executive and database associate, provides administrative support to GCIR's president 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.
Harmony Karp Hayes, Director of Operations
Harmony Karp Hayes, director of operations, oversees membership, day-to-day operations, and fundraising.
She has over 17 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 Associate
Stephanie Martinez, membership and administrative associate, 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.
Suzette Brooks Masters, Senior Strategist
Suzette Brooks Masters, senior strategist, provides guidance and strategic counsel on a range of topics, with a focus on refugees, asylum seekers, and social cohesion.
From 2007-2016, Suzette served as program director for migration at the JM Kaplan Fund, a private family foundation. She maintains an active consulting practice, advising corporate, non-profit, philanthropic and government leaders on how to frame immigration issues, promote immigrant integration and build stronger, more vibrant communities.
In recognition of her philanthropic vision and impact, she has received awards from City and State Reports, the American Immigration Council, the National Partnership for New Americans, the New York Immigration Coalition, Welcoming America, and Upwardly Global. Suzette is a graduate of Harvard Law School, Cambridge University and Amherst College. She currently serves on the board of the New York Immigration Coalition, Define American and the Berkshire Taconic Foundation.
Barbara Montano, Temporary Development Associate
Barbara Montano, temporary development associate, supports GCIR’s fundraising operations. She joined GCIR in July 2018.
In May 2018, Barbara graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in English and Legal Studies. During her time at Berkeley, Barbara worked in the leadership development office on campus and was involved in a number of different student organizations. Previously, Barbara interned with GCIR in the summer of 2017, providing general administrative support, and worked for a legal firm specializing in employment law. Born and raised in Berkeley, Barbara never tires of exploring everything the Bay Area has to offer and loves to travel beyond whenever she gets the chance.
Huong Nguyen-Yap, Director, California Programs
Huong Nguyen-Yap, director of California programs, oversees our programs and projects in the Golden State, including the California Immigrant Integration Initiative and the California Census 2020 Statewide Funders’ Initiative.
She has over 13 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining GCIR, she worked at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) supporting the National Giving Circle Network. Her experiences also includes providing behavioral health and recovery services and working in the field of Positive Youth Development.
Huong earned her MSW from San Jose State University and her BA in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Outside of work she serves on the board of EBAYC in Oakland and is a core member of the Hella Heart Oakland Giving Circle. She also enjoys traveling, staying active, and spending time with her family and friends.
Melissa Nop, Program and Administrative Assistant
Melissa Nop, program and administrative assistant, provides support to our program and administrative teams. She joined GCIR in October 2017.
Melissa previously served as an administrative and marketing assistant with a telemedicine company and earlier held a fellowship with her alma mater, Colby-Sawyer College. Melissa earned a B.S. degree in public health and minor in international studies from Colby-Sawyer College, which is in New London, New Hampshire. While in school, she served as a peer mentor and, in Thailand, as a visiting health scholar. As the daughter of a Cambodian refugee, she has always been passionate about addressing the challenges that immigrants and refugees face. While not working, she enjoys traveling, sampling the newest restaurants, wine tasting, and spending time with her loved ones.
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.
Aryah Somers Landsberger, Director of Programs
Aryah Somers Landsberger, director of programs, is responsible for developing programs and information resources. She is currently on maternity leave and will return at the beginning of 2019.
Aryah has more than 12 years of experience with immigrant and refugee issues. Before joining GCIR in February 2016, 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 is currently on maternity leave and will return at the beginning of 2019.
Dianna, who joined GCIR in July 2016, 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.