Forum Announces New Board Member, Chief of Staff

Communications Associate

December 9, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the National Immigration Forum announced the appointment of a new board member, Erica L. Jacquez, and chief of staff, Don Lyster.

“This is a critical time for immigrants in America,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “Our new board and staff members bring leadership and experience that will be indispensable as we continue to advocate for policies that help all Americans, including immigrants, thrive.”

Erica L. Jacquez is the Associate Vice President of Government Relations for AltaMed Health Services and serves the City of Los Angeles as the Vice Chair for the Housing Authority and as a Health Commissioner. She has previously held roles at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Management and Budget’s Legislative Affairs and the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors.

Rotating off the board are Sayu Bhojwani of The New American Leaders Project; the Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento; and Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., of First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix. “We thank Sayu, Bishop Soto and Pastor Stewart for their guidance and dedication to the Forum’s work during their terms,” Noorani said.

The full membership of the Forum’s Board of Directors is available here.

Before joining the Forum as chief of staff, Don Lyster held positions at the National Immigration Law Center as chief of staff and D.C. director. A seasoned Hill veteran, Lyster also has served members of Congress in various capacities.

Meanwhile, Laura Reiff, board chair of the National Immigration Forum, was honored recently with a Law360 Immigration MVP Award. Reiff, of Greenberg Traurig LLP, is an expert on business immigration law.

“Laura doesn’t seek the limelight, but she deserves it,” Noorani said. “She’s one of our MVPs, too, and we congratulate her on this award.”