RAICES Announces Dolores K. Schroeder as New Chief Executive Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 1, 2022
Press Contact: Gisela Girard, [email protected]

“Leading Migrant Justice Organization Sets Course with Respected Leader”

SAN ANTONIO, TX — RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services and its board of directors today announced the appointment of Dolores K. Schroeder, MSW, J.D., as new Chief Executive Officer. Schroeder’s employment commences on April 1.

With over thirty-five years of pioneering migrant justice work, RAICES has supported and enhanced the lives of thousands. The impactful organization will now be guided through the visionary, compassionate and astute leadership of Schroeder.

“We are confident in the selection of our new CEO, Dolores Schroeder, whose vision and dedication embodies the RAICES mission, values and culture,” said John Agather, RAICES board chair. “Schroeder’s principled leadership approach will strengthen RAICES’ vital role in advocating for the dignity and respect of all people,” added Agather.

Schroeder will optimize her direct experience and history of having recently served as a member of the RAICES board of directors for two years, including the role of board chair, founding member of the Board Governance Committee, chair of the Compliance Committee, and Member of Finance and Nominations Committees.

“I look forward to working with the RAICES board, leadership, and staff in advancing our mission,” said Schroeder. “I am honored to serve in this leadership role at a time when our immigrant and refugee constituents need our support and assistance more than ever,” added Schroeder.

Schroeder started her career as a medical social worker and attorney in the not-for-profit sector and has had a lifelong interest in and commitment to social justice, human rights, and advocacy. She has extensive diplomatic c-suite business and legal experience having navigated complex projects involving cross-cultural and cross-border issues in the public, private, and non-governmental organization sectors.

Schroeder received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Mary’s College, a Master of Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago School of Social Work, a Juris Doctor from Loyola University of College School of Law, and a Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech University.


The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. Learn more at