Vice President, Resettlement & Integration
Alicia joined HIAS as the Senior Director for Resettlement and Integration in 2019. Alicia leads U.S. Programs: supporting refugees and asylees from their initial arrival to their long-term integration. This portfolio includes resettlement and livelihoods programming such as employment and micro-enterprise development as well as financial literacy programming. She also oversees the holistic social integration programs aimed to support the most vulnerable through intensive case management, community group programming, access to medical and mental health services, and activities that promote belonging. By testing new volunteer, sponsorship, and partner models, Alicia oversees a team working to create welcoming host communities that are receptive to refugees. The HIAS network includes 27 partners spanning 18 states. Prior to joining HIAS, at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Alicia launched their integration programming in their 38-site network. Before her refugee resettlement focus, she was the Executive Director of Kenya Connect, an NGO improving the school experience and options for skilling up for students and teachers in 54 schools in Machakos County, Kenya. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.