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Alumni Spotlight: Kristen Aster and Tammy Lin

SDLA alumnae are playing an integral role in the globally important humanitarian work involving Syrian refugees and asylum seekers, while also educating Americans on the importance of continuing the U.S.'s long tradition of immigration.

Kristen Aster (2015 alumna), Manager of the Hunger Advocacy Network at Jewish Family Service (JFS) has moved to Washington, D.C. where she will serve as Policy and Advocacy Officer for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Kristen will support the IRC's implementation of a robust advocacy strategy related to the Syrian refugee crisis. Her work will entail raising awareness of Syrian and other refugee resettlement in the U.S. in the context of the wider refugee response in the Middle East and now in Europe. The goal of these efforts is to maintain and strengthen political and community support for U.S. resettlement, and increase grassroots engagement on refugee resettlement.

The work of board member and 2012 alumna Tammy Lin is also shifting to focus on Syrians. For seven years as part of the Prins asylum program at JFS, Tammy has worked in collaboration with New York-based HIAS, the oldest resettlement agency in the U.S., to provide free legal representation to asylum seekers with backgrounds as scientists, musicians, artists, scholars and professionals. The Prins program is now known as the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis Response Project (SHCRP). With local funding, the SHCRP will focus on representation and community outreach to Syrians seeking asylum protection in San Diego County while also building a regional infrastructure in advance of the anticipated resettlement of Syrian refugees.

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What It Took: the Climate Action Plan Victory

The Climate Action Plan adopted in December 2015 by the San Diego City Council is a groundbreaking, first of its kind in the nation, 100% clean energy victory with unanimous, bi-partisan support that took five years of dedicated effort by several members of the SDLA community.

In particular, SDLA Mentor Nicole Capretz, her SDLA mentee and 2011 Institute graduate Kath Rogers, and 2013 Institute alumna and current board member Kayla Race--who all now work together at Climate Action Campaign--organized and worked with a broad coalition of organizations, businesses, and individuals, many of whom are also connected with SDLA as instructors, members, mentors, board officers, and Institute alumni.

Nicole, Kath and Kayla are proud to have played a role in leading the City of San Diego to this historic achievement that will create a healthier, brighter future for all and protect the people and places we love! 

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A Bright Future Ahead: SDLA Introduces 2016 Fellows

Seventh Class Consists of Health Professionals, Attorneys & Policy Advisors

The San Diego Leadership Alliance (SDLA) is pleased to announce the seventh class of twenty fellows in the SDLA Institute. The program equips progressive young professionals with the skills, opportunities, and relationships to make change in San Diego and has graduated more than 100 leaders who have gone on to run for office, lead commissions and run San Diego businesses. The pro­gram is designed to pro­vide fel­lows with the tools they need to take the next step in their careers.

Click here to read our 2016 class.

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