The AILA National Office is located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., within walking distance of the White House.

AILA National staff comprises highly skilled and hardworking professionals who execute the association’s policies and priorities as determined by the Board of Governors.

If you have a question for AILA staff, please refer to our contact page

Executive Team

The Executive Team is responsible for the overall management of the association, National Office, and staff and works closely with the Executive Committee

Executive Director, Benjamin Johnson, Esq. 

Benjamin Johnson implements association goals as determined by the Board of Governors. He works with the Executive Committee to develop and carry out strategies to achieve organizational goals. He also oversees the operation of the National Office and its staff. 

Chief Operating Officer, Grace Woods, Esq., CAE 

Grace Woods leads efforts to optimize the association’s operating performance at all levels and maximize AILA’s business strategies to ensure future growth and sustainability. 

Chief Advisor, Policy and Partnerships, Angela Kelley, Esq. 

Angela Kelley provides leadership and oversees public policy and advocacy, including mobilizing support for federal policy priorities, participating and leading national coalitions, and overseeing the advocacy strategies that incorporate policy development, communication plans, strategic partnerships, and power building. 

Senior Director, Governance and Leadership Strategy, Kay Ciesla 

Kay Ciesla is responsible for managing relationships with the Board of Governors and other volunteer leadership; facilitating improved connectivity and collaboration between members; guiding implementation of the strategic and annual plans; and supporting execution of key initiatives, goals, plans, and policies throughout the organization. 

See open positions at AILA and information on how to apply.
See open positions at AILA’s partner organization, the American Immigration Council.