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AILA National Spokespeople

AILA's network of national spokespeople includes recognized immigration law experts. To schedule an interview with an AILA national spokesperson, contact one of the Communications team members listed on the right.

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2020–2021 AILA National Officers

Jennifer Minear

Jennifer Minear, Esq.

Richmond, VA,
President


Expertise:
Business, Employment-based, Healthcare, J-1 waiver, Foreign Medical Graduates.
Twitter handle: @jenniferminear
Allen Orr, Esq.

Allen Orr, Esq.

Washington, DC
President-Elect


Expertise:
Legislation, Consular Practice, General, Naturalization, Global, Investors, I-9, Business, and Worksite Enforcement
Twitter handle: @allenorresq
Jeremy McKinney

Jeremy McKinney, Esq.

Greensboro, NC,
First Vice President

Expertise:
Family, Business, General, litigation, Removal defense
Twitter handle: @McKJeremy
Farshad Owji

Farshad Owji, Esq.

San Francisco, CA,
Second Vice President

Expertise:
Family, Business, Asylum, General
Anastasia Tonello

Kelli Stump, Esq.

Oklahoma City, OK
Treasurer


Expertise:
Family, Business, General
Jeff Joseph

Jeff Joseph, Esq.

Denver, CO,
Secretary


Expertise:
Fmaily, Business, General
Twitter handle: @jeffjoseph

Other National Spokespeople

Marketa Lindt

Marketa Lindt, Esq.

Chicago, IL,
Immediate Past President


Expertise:
Business, E-Verify, Worksite Enforcement, Criminal Employer Sanctions, General.
Twitter handle: @marketalindt

AILA National Office Spokespeople: Washington, DC

Benjamin Johnson

Benjamin Johnson, Esq.

AILA Executive Director

Twitter handle: @AILAExecDir
Jesse Bless

Jesse M. Bless

Director of Federal Litigation
Expertise:
Litigation
Twitter handle: @blesjm1
Greg Chen

Greg Chen, Esq.

Senior Director
Expertise:
Legislation/Congress and Agency Outreach
Twitter handle: @GregChenAILA
Sharvari Dalal-Dheini

Sharvari Dalal-Dheini

Director of Government Relations
Expertise:
Legislation/Congress and Agency Outreach
Twitter handle: @shevdd

Media Advocacy Committee

Fiona McEntee

Fiona McEntee, Esq.

Chicago, IL, Chair
Pronouns: She/Her

Expertise:
Extraordinary Ability (O-1 & EB-1A), Startups, Entrepreneurs, Musicians/Artists/Creatives/Athletes, International Students, DACA, Family
Twitter handle: @USvisalawyer
Evangeline Chan

Evangeline Chan, Esq.

New York, NY, Vice Chair
Pronouns: She/Her

Expertise:
"Humanitarian-based Benefits" (asylum, U/T visas, VAWA, SIJ, TPS, DACA), removal defense and naturalization
Twitter handle: @Evangeline Chan
Ally Bolour

Ally Bolour, Esq.

Los Angeles, CA (English, Farsi)
Pronouns: Him/His

Expertise:
Business (E-2, O-1, L-1,) Family, Waivers, Removal, Asylum, DACA, TPS
Twitter handle: @allybolour
Sandra Feist

Sandra Feist, Esq.

Minneapolis, MN
Pronouns: She/Her

Expertise:
Business, Scientists/Academics, General, O/P visas, Religious Workers, H-1Bs, E-2
Twitter handle: @SandraFeistMN
Charles Kuck

Charles Kuck, Esq.

Atlanta, GA
Pronouns: Him/His

Expertise:
\ Business, Family, Naturalization, DACA, Litigation
Twitter handle: @ckuck
Tammy Lin

Tammy Lin, Esq.

San Diego, CA (English, Mandarin)
Pronouns: She/Her

Expertise:
Asylum/Refugee, Removal Defense, Family, Consular Processing, Travel Ban Waivers, DACA
Matthew Maiona

Matthew Maiona, Esq.

Boston, MA
Pronouns: Him/His

Expertise:
Business, Employer Compliance, Military, Removal and Family
Twitter handle: @MMaiona
Alma Rosa Nieto

Alma Rosa Nieto, Esq.

Los Angeles, CA (English, Spanish)
Pronouns: She/Her

Expertise:
DACA, I-130 consular cases, Adjustments, Naturalization, PIP, K visas, TPS
Twitter handle: @almarosanieto
Sarah Pitney

Sarah Pitney, Esq.

Washington, DC (English, Spanish)
Pronouns: They/Them, Elle/Ellx in Spanish

Expertise:
Asylum, waivers, LGBTQ+ issues
Twitter handle: @sarahbethpitney
Ruby Powers

Ruby Powers, Esq.

Houston, TX (English, Spanish, Turkish and French)
Pronouns: She/Her

Expertise:
Employment-based, Family-based, DACA, Asylum, Deportation, Naturalization, Waivers, Court Proceedings, VAWA, AOS
Twitter handle: @rubylpowers
Rekha Sharma-Crawford

Rekha Sharma-Crawford, Esq.

Kansas City, MO
Pronouns: She/Her
Expertise:
Family, Removal Defense, and Litigation
Twitter handle: @515Law
Shannon Shepherd

Shannon Shepherd, Esq.

Chicago, IL
Pronouns: She/Her

Expertise:
Business (E-2, Ls, PERM/I-140), Family, Removal defense, Asylum, Litigation (APA review, mandamus)
Twitter handle: @ImmAttyShannon
Greg Siskind

Greg Siskind, Esq.

Memphis, TN
Pronouns: Him/His

Expertise:
Business immigration, Healthcare professionals
Twitter handle: @gsiskind
Helena Tetezeli

Helena Tetezeli, Esq.

Miami, FL (English, Spanish)
Pronouns: She/Her

Expertise:
Business and Commercial
Twitter handle: @TetzeliHelena
Tahmina Watson

Tahmina Watson, Esq.

Seattle, WA (English, Bengali)
Pronouns: She/Her

Expertise:
Business Immigration, Family-based immigration, Naturalization, AOS, Start-Ups, Entrepreneurs
Twitter handle: @tahminawatson