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Jonathan Ryan, CEO / President
San Antonio, TX
Jonathan Ryan has served as the Executive Director of the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) since 2008. RAICES provides free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas. Previously, he worked as a staff attorney at American Gateways where he helped to establish the Legal Orientation Program for adults in DHS detention. Jonathan received his B.A. from Columbia College in New York and is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law.

Erika Andiola, Chief Advocacy Officer
Phoenix, AZ
Erika Andiola is the Chief Advocacy Officer for RAICES and former Press Secretary for Latino Outreach for Bernie 2016. She started her community organizing experience when she co-founded the Arizona Dream Act Coalition. She then served in the National Coordinating Committee and the Board of Directors for the United We Dream Network. Her personal struggle as an undocumented woman herself, with an undocumented family, has given her the drive and the passion to keep fighting for immigrant and human rights.

Brendan Colthurst, Chief Technology Officer
Los Angeles, CA
Brendan is a graduate of Columbia in New York City and has worked for a number of digital agencies including Organic Inc. and VSA Partners. Brendan was the CTO and technical co-founder of Wine Direct, a SaaS e-commerce and logistics business, and the managing partner of Disposable Television, a digital video production company.

Liz Dunn, Chief Development Officer
San Antonio, TX
Liz brings a career in non-profit fundraising to RAICES, with experience both as a consultant and as an in-house development officer. Most recently as an Executive Director with CCS Fundraising in NYC, Liz worked with the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, the Child Mind Institute in NYC, and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in Washington D.C. Liz has also served as Vice Chair of the Board for the Forum for Equality, a New Orleans-based non-profit founded to promote and sustain the equality of all people in Louisiana. Liz graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Business Management and a Master’s in Public Administration.

Sara Fairley, Chief Social Programs Officer
Fort Worth, TX
Sara Fairley is the Chief Social Programs Officer at RAICES. Sara holds a Masters degree in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding and a Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Sara began her career with Catholic Charities of Fort Worth assisting refugees with their resettlement into a new life in Fort Worth, Texas. Sara has worked professionally in non-profit and social justice work for over 10 years in Texas, Vermont, Myanmar and Washington D.C. While in Myanmar she oversaw the design and implementation of Peace and Conflict workshops, hosted inter-religious dialogues and completed research on the principles of peacebuilding. Sara served as a Program Officer for the U.S. Committee of Refugees and Immigrants in Washington D.C. and most recently was the Deputy Campaign Manager for a 2018 Congressional candidate. Sara joined the RAICES team in fall of 2018 with a continued commitment to social justice.

Michelle Garza, Chief Legal Programs Officer
Dallas, TX
Michelle Garza has worked at RAICES since 2010. As a staff attorney at RAICES, Michelle’s practice was divided between the Children’s Program and direct representation of unaccompanied minors, as well as some affirmative practice before the United States Citizenship and Immigrant Services. She became Director of RAICES Children’s Program in December of 2012 and Associate Executive Director in 2015. Before joining RAICES, Michelle obtained her B.A from the University of Texas at Austin in Mexican American Studies with a focus on Public Policy and received a J.D from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2010.

Julia Harvell, Chief Administration Officer
Bastrop, TX

Nathan Johnson, Chief Financial Officer
San Antonio, TX
Nathan’s career has included public and non-for-profit company leadership experience. Most recently the CFO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, Nathan has a B.S. in accounting from Florida A&M University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He was a founding board member of Reggae Girlz Foundation, Inc., and the Austin Texas Chapter of the National Black MBA Association.

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