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Important Announcement re: NYIC’s Leadership

 Important Announcement re: NYIC’s Leadership

We are sad to announce that after nearly ten years of leadership at the New York Immigration Coalition, our Deputy Executive Director Karen Kaminsky has decided to step down from her post. Her message announcing her decision is included below.
 
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Karen has been involved in the immigrant rights movement since 1992, when she was appointed the deputy director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs in the Dinkins administration. After subsequent posts focused on immigration and communications at UJA-Federation and at the office of Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, she went on to work at the Fund for New Citizens, where she spearheaded initiatives to support vulnerable immigrant communities in the wake of September 11th, to expand the availability of critical legal services to immigrant communities, and to build the capacity of small immigrant organizations.
 
After joining the New York Immigration Coalition in 2005, she quickly took on greater responsibility, becoming deputy executive director in 2010 and playing a central role in our continued growth as an organization. In the past year, her expertise and commitment have been invaluable as we have undergone some significant changes, including the untimely passing of our administrative director Jackie Wong and a new executive director taking the helm in June 2013. 
 
We will miss Karen’s talents and energy, but most of all we will miss her heart and passion for this work. Karen will continue to work with us in a consulting capacity after her official last day on March 7th, and we know she will continue to remain an important member of the NYIC family.
 
Steven Choi
Executive Director
Guillermo Chacon
NYIC Board Chair                    
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Dear friends,
 
I wanted to let you know that after nearly ten years at the NYIC, and more than twenty years working with the NYIC from various other positions, I’ve decided to move on. This decision didn’t come easily or quickly, because I’ve loved my time at the NYIC, am committed to the organization and the crucial role it plays in bringing together diverse communities and sectors, and have come to love and admire my fellow NYIC staff members, our board and member groups, and allies. It’s been the most rewarding and inspiring experience to be part of the NYIC team, and I can’t adequately express how grateful I am for having had this opportunity. But it’s time for a change.
 
I’m not going to disappear—I will stay involved in a consulting capacity to ease the transition for the NYIC, and, of course, my heart remains, and always will remain, with the NYIC. So this isn’t farewell. But I did want to thank you for being on this journey with me, and please join me in continuing to support the NYIC and the important work it does.
 
All best,
Karen Kaminsky

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