WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the National Immigration Forum announced the appointment of two new board members, Tina Mendelson of Deloitte Consulting LLP and Claudia Ortega Hogue of Global Communities Houston, LLC.
“I am excited to welcome to the Forum board two women who have shown strong leadership in immigration,” said Jennie Murray, President and CEO of the National Immigration Forum. “Their valuable experience will help inform our work at a time of unprecedented opportunities and challenges. I look forward to working with them on sensible immigration and border solutions.”
“We are inspired by Tina and Claudia’s work and dedication,” said Rebecca Tallent, Chair of the National Immigration Forum board. “We are thrilled to welcome them to a board that comprises a remarkable group of leaders from across the country.”
Tina Mendelson is a Principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP with experience advising government and public-sector clients on strategy and complex transformations in nearly 30 countries. She is currently leading teams in support of homeland security clients, focusing on border security, trade and travel, and immigration. In her work, Tina engages leaders at the highest level of government to solve wicked problems, transform programs, and launch strategic initiatives, often in close partnership with industry, academia, and nonprofits.
“I welcome the opportunity to support the National Immigration Forum in creating a platform for advocacy and thoughtful conversation with a diverse set of stakeholders,” Mendelson said. “The ability to identify common themes is all the more important in today’s environment, and I am proud to see the Forum emerge as an important voice toward a much-needed transformation of the immigration system in our country.”
Claudia Ortega Hogue is the Founder and CEO of Global Communities Houston, LLC and current President of Houston’s League of Women Voters, serving as the first Latina President. For over 20 years, she has focused on advocacy for non-profit organizations and underserved communities as well as raising awareness for social concerns through education, citizenship/immigration, census, and voting. Claudia served as the District Director for the 29th Texas Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives for one of the first Latinas to represent the state of Texas. In 2016 she was included among “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women.” In 2019, Claudia was appointed by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to serve on the Advisory Council of New Americans and Immigrant Communities for the City of Houston.
“I’m glad for the opportunity I’ve had to work with the Forum team on citizenship and New American Workforce programs in Texas, which have assisted hundreds of aspiring citizens achieve the American Dream,” Hogue said. “I look forward to continuing to advocate and build bridges with community leaders across the nation to find practical immigration solutions.
The full membership of the Forum’s Board of Directors is available online.