Advisory Groups

The Presidents’ Alliance has established core Advisory Groups, composed of leading experts, campus stakeholders, and impacted community members, to help guide and inform our work.  We deeply appreciate the advice and contributions of our advisory group members.

Federal Policy Advisory Table

The Federal Policy Advisory Table, composed primarily of federal relations officers of members’ institutions, provides early input, feedback, guidance, and advice on the President Alliance’s federal policy priorities and advocacy. Membership in the Federal Policy Advisory Table does not indicate endorsement of the Presidents’ Alliance advocacy, positions, or statements.

Katy Button, Associate Vice President for Federal Relations, Georgetown University
Jim Gelb, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations, The California State University
Steve Gerencser, Director of Government Relations, Brown University
Jess Goode, Vice President for External Affairs, Illinois Institute of Technology
Julie Groeninger, Associate Director of Governmental Affairs, Princeton University
Ian Grubman, Federal Relations and Communications Associate, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Kara Haas, Director of Federal Relations, Harvard University
Crystal Martinez, Director (Education), Federal Governmental Relations, University of California
Matt Salmon, Vice President of Government Affairs, Arizona State University
Lauren Starks, Associate General Counsel & Director of Government Affairs, Southern New Hampshire University

Legal Advisory Council

The Council provides input, insights and recommendations on all types of legal issues and litigation actions that the Presidents’ Alliance should pursue and support as part of its mission to support undocumented, other immigrant and international students and scholars in higher education. Membership in the Legal Advisory Council does not indicate endorsement of the Presidents’ Alliance advocacy, positions, or statements.

Angela Adams, Adams Immigration Law, LLC
Dan Berger, Partner, Curran, Berger & Kludt, LLP
Ishan Bhahba, Partner, Litigation Department, Jenner & Block
Kelli Duehning, Partner, Berry, Appleman & Leiden, LLP
Natasha Fain, Human Rights Lawyer, Legal Consultant 
Paul Hughes, Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery
Ur Jaddou, Director of DHS Watch, America’s Voice
Hiroshi Motomura, Susan Westerberg Prager Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California Los Angeles School of Law
Amy Nice, Immigration Lawyer & Consultant, Compete America
Shoba Wahdia, Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar, Clinical Professor of Law, Director, Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Penn State University
Steven Yale-Loehr, Professor of  Immigration Law Practice, Cornell Law School, Attorney of Counsel, Miller Mayer, LLP

Student Strategy Table

The Student Strategy Table, a group of student leaders from undocumented, refugee, other immigrant, and international student communities, helps the Presidents’ Alliance by ensuring our work and objectives are informed by and responsive to the priorities, needs, experiences, and expertise of those who are directly impacted by immigration policies. Membership in the Student Strategy Table does not indicate endorsement of the Presidents’ Alliance advocacy, positions, or statements.