Member Interviews

For each issue of our Member Newsletter, GCIR interviews one or two of our members. We focus on a timely topic that relates to those grantmakers' efforts to address immigrant and refugee issues. Review our archives below.

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Topic Interviewee(s) Date
New GCIR Member
Fo-Ching Lu, Sheng-Yen Lu (SYL) Foundation
February 2017
GCIR Co-Chair
Ted Wang,
January 2017
After U.S. v. Texas; New Board Member
Grace Hou, Woods Fund Chicago
August 2016
After U.S. v. Texas
Nicole Melaku, Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, an initiative of Rose Community Foundation
Meghna Goswami, Houston Endowment
July 2016
GCIR 2016 National Convening
Betty Balli Torres, Texas Access to Justice Foundation
June 2016
New Board Member
Amanda Cloud, The Simmons Foundation
April 2016
New Board Member
Efrain Escobedo, The California Endowment
March 2016
LGBT Issues and Immigration
Matt Foreman , Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
August 2015
New Member; GCIR 2016 Convening
Lucille DiDomenico, Philanthropy Southwest
June 2015
New Member
Alejandro Villanueva, Televisa Foundation
May 2015
New Member; NC DACA Collaborative
Kevin Gray, Weaver Foundation
April 2015
New Member; Administrative Relief
Adrienne Pon, The San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA)
February 2015
New GCIR Member
Michael Brown, The Seattle Foundation
November 2014
Elections and Civic Participation
Geri Mannion, Carnegie Corporation of New York
October 2014
New GCIR Member
Namita Chad, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
September 2014
Rural Communities
Ed Kissam, WKF Giving Fund
Roberto Franco, Oregon Community Foundation
July 2014
Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
Tara Magner, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Suzette Brooks Masters, J.M. Kaplan Fund
June 2014
Pacific Northwest
Zeke Spier, Social Justice Fund Northwest
Cynthia Addams, The Collins Foundation
May 2014
New Member; Health
Yanique Redwood, Consumer Health Foundation
March 2014
Texas and the South
James Gore, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
Meghna Goswami , Houston Endowment
March 2014
New Board Member
Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
February 2014
Regional Affinity Groups
Joyce White, Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington
November 2013
Worker Rights and Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Victor Quintana, Unitarian Universalism Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
Aditi Vaidya, Solidago Foundation
October 2013
Health and Immigration
Beatriz Solìs, The California Endowment
September 2013
California Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII)
Manuel J. Santamaria, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Marla B. Tofle, Napa Valley Community Foundation
July 2013
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Archana Sahgal, Open Society Foundations
June 2013
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation's Report and Approach
Cory Anderson, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
May 2013
Immigrants and Philanthropy
Timothy Silard, Rosenberg Foundation
April 2013