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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
Greg Chen

Greg Chen, Esq.

AILA Director of Government Relations
Expertise:
Legislation/Congress
Twitter handle: @GregChenAILA

Media Advocacy Committee

Fiona McEntee

Fiona McEntee, Esq.

Chicago, IL, Chair
Pronouns: She/Her

Expertise:
Business, Entrepreneurs, Musicians/Artists/Creatives, O Visa, P Visas, EB-1 Green Cards, Family, DREAM Act
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
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
Sandra Feist

Sandra Feist, Esq.

Minneapolis, MN
Pronouns: She/Her

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

Charles Kuck, Esq.

Atlanta, GA
Pronouns: Him/His

Expertise:
\ Business, Family, Naturalization, DACA, Litigation
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
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
Sarah Pitney

Sarah Pitney, Esq.

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

Expertise:
Asylum, waivers, LGBTQ+ issues
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
Rekha Sharma-Crawford

Rekha Sharma-Crawford, Esq.

Kansas City, MO
Pronouns: She/Her

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)
Greg Siskind

Greg Siskind, Esq.

Memphis, TN
Pronouns: Him/His

Expertise:
Business immigration, Healthcare professionals
Helena Tetezeli

Helena Tetezeli, Esq.

Miami, FL
Pronouns: She/Her

Tahmina Watson

Tahmina Watson, Esq.

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

Expertise:
Business Immigration, Family-based immigration, Naturalization, AOS, Start-Ups, Entrepreneurs