About FAIR

Staff

Daniel Stein

President

Dan Stein

Prior to joining FAIR in 1982, Dan was executive director of the Immigration Reform Law Institute. His legal experience includes private practice and as congressional staff. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress. Cited in the media as "America's best known immigration reformer," he has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.

Julie Kirchner

Executive Director

Julie Kirchner

Julie joined FAIR in 2005. She is responsible for overall management and decision making of the organization and its programs. Julie provides oversight and development for directors and staff. Julie has grown with the organization and draws from her experience both outside of FAIR and also from her time with the organization.


 

Julie Axelrod

Government Relations Counsel
Julie joined FAIR in 2013. She is responsible for reviewing and analyzing legislative and policy developments and maintaining relationships with Capitol Hill. She brings to FAIR her legal background, which includes litigating in federal and state courts to promote government transparency and the rule of law, representing clients at a leading global law firm, and clerking in the Southern District of Florida. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.

Melissa Bradley

Membership Services Coordinator
Melissa joined our staff in 1994. She coordinates membership and is the primary member services contact for FAIR. Melissa brings wonderful customer service and development skills to the organization. Her institutional knowledge and caring approach are priceless to FAIR members.

Bob Dane

Communications Director
Bob joined FAIR in 2006 after years of watching a stark reality emerge; unless immigration is properly regulated and reduced, virtually every other policy reform faces an uphill battle. He engages audiences with his passionate perspectives and is the go-to guest for hundreds of radio stations, many of whom he worked with during his 20 years in network radio. Bob also regularly appears on FOX News, on-line and on-air.

Sarah Dansereau

Government Relations Director
Sarah joined FAIR in 2010. She is responsible for reviewing legislation and legal opinions, acting as a liaison between the organization and Congress, and managing the daily functions of the Government Relations Department. Sarah brings to FAIR her legal background and government and non-profit experience.

Juliana Davis

Assistant to the Director of Finance and Administration
Juliana joined FAIR in 2013. She is responsible for assisting the Director of Finance and Administration, handling human resource matters and general office administration. Juliana holds a BA degree in political science/history and is working towards a masters degree. Juliana brings to FAIR six years of administrative experience.

Leslie Dawkins

Digital Communications Strategist
Leslie joined FAIR in 2013 as Digital Communications Strategist. Her role as the leader of FAIR's online communications team is to drive the online communications and marketing efforts of the organization and lead the strategy for all of FAIR's digital communications platforms. Her motto is: "everything is content, and content is everything."

Rosalind Fairfax

Web Metrics Analyst
Rosalind joined FAIR in 2009. She conducts analyses of FAIR email campaigns, and tracks and assesses trends and its implications.   She works collaboratively with different departments to assist them to target the audience.  She is also responsible to maintain and update the websites.

Karl Filippini

Webmaster
Karl joined FAIR in 1998. He maintains and evaluates FAIR's website and manages E-Mail traffic. Karl offers a mixture of technical and issue related knowledge. As technology changes Karl helps FAIR remain ahead of the curve.

Crystal Freeman

Design & Publications Associate
Crystal joined our staff in 2002. She is responsible for design, layout, and typesetting of most FAIR materials, including the Immigration Report newsletter, handouts, brochures,studies, and publications. Crystal offers a creative touch and sense of style to all FAIR projects.

Lauren Fulton

Receptionist / Office Assistant
Lauren joined FAIR in 2013. She is responsible for receiving and directing calls, organizing incoming and outgoing mail and providing office and administrative support. Lauren holds a BS degree in Social Sciences with concentrations in Political Science and History. She is working toward a master's degree in Environmental Management and Policy. Lauren brings organization, enthusiasm and tremendous customer service to FAIR.

Gwen Girlie

Manager of Information Systems
Gwen joined FAIR in 1992. She serves as primary administrator of the technical network. As technology changes and grows, Gwen maintains all data and voice networks while updating applications and hardware when necessary. Gwen's knowledge allows FAIR employees to have access to the tools needed in today's computer age.

Ashley Hall

Development Director
Ashley joined FAIR in 2011. Ashley is responsible for managing the fundraising and membership services programs and growing FAIR's revenue streams. She has a liberal arts background and experience working with arts-based nonprofits.

Jen Harris

Director of Finance and Administration
Jen joined FAIR in 2011. She has 20 years experience in non-profit accounting and several years experience in government and private accounting. Jen is responsible for managing the operations of finance and administration including human resources, information systems, finance, and general office support.

Elizabeth Jacobs

State and Local Associate
Elizabeth joined FAIR in 2012. Elizabeth is responsible for advancing FAIR's state and local legislative priorities by assisting state and local legislators draft constitutionally sound legislation and developing strategies to advance such legislation. She also conducts research on a wide variety of legal and immigration-related topics, creates materials to support state and local activists and legislator testimony, and reviews and analyzes legislation and legal opinions. She brings to FAIR her legal background and research experience.

Robert Law

Government Relations Counsel
Robert joined FAIR in 2013. He is responsible for reviewing and analyzing legislation and regulations, and building and maintaining relationships with Capitol Hill staff. Robert brings to FAIR his legal background and government relations experience.

Jack Martin

Spokesperson
Jack, who joined FAIR in 1995, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).

Ira Mehlman

Media Director
Ira joined FAIR in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek,, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.

Raj Mehta

Accountant
Raj joined FAIR in 2012. He has 18 years of accounting experience. Raj is responsible for processing accounts payable, posting revenue, reconciling general ledger accounts and various other accounting duties. Raj also prepares state registrations on an annual basis and assists the Director of Finance and Administration with budget preparation and FAIR's annual audit.

Joyce Mucci

Regional Field Representative
Joyce, who joined FAIR in 2007, develops member and activist support throughout the United States. Joyce uses her knowledge, experience, and passion about the issue to educate the media and public on immigration issues.

Robert Najmulski

Field Representative
Robert joined FAIR February 2009 with 28 years of law enforcement experience as a Deputy Sheriff in Orange and Los Angeles Counties in California and Allen County, Ohio. He created and ran the Criminal Alien Task Force (2006) in Allen County and worked solely on criminal alien issues for 18 counties in northwest Ohio. Robert has conducted extensive public awareness and local government meetings regarding illegal immigration, and maintains peace officer status in the state of Ohio. 

Maya M. Noronha

Government Relations Counsel
Maya joined FAIR in 2013. She is responsible for tracking legislative developments, analyzing statutory and regulatory language, and communicating with Capitol Hill staff. Maya brings to FAIR her legal background and policy experience. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in government from Georgetown University College of Arts & Sciences and received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Adrienne Royer

Online Grassroots Manager
Adrienne joined the FAIR web team in 2013 to help develop online advocacy with activists and grassroots supporters and coordinate online activities with the Government Relations, State & Local and Field departments. She holds an M.A. in public communication and brings nearly a decade of experience in online activism, political campaigns, non-profits and public relations.

Eric Ruark

Director of Research
Eric joined our team in 2008. He provides research and drafts for issue briefs, reports, and other publications. Eric has a variety of experience in academic fields and uses that assist FAIR with its current and future projects.

Nayla M. Rush

Senior Researcher
Nayla joined FAIR in 2014. She is a qualified researcher and published author with an extensive academic record in the Social Sciences. She holds a PhD in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex (Brighton, UK), a Maîtrise in Sociology from the Sorbonne University (Paris, France), and a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from the American University in Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon). Nayla has taught at university and worked as a consultant for international organizations and NGOs. She is fluent in English, French and Arabic. Her book Sri Lankan Housemaids in Lebanon: A Case of 'Symbolic Violence' and 'Everyday Forms of Resistance' was published in 2009 by Amsterdam University Press.

Lauren Smigelski

Executive and Development Assistant
Lauren joined FAIR in 2013. She is responsible for the administrative tasks for FAIR's President, Dan Stein. Additionally, she acts as the liaison to our Board of Directors. She comes to FAIR with a BA in Political Science from Wittenberg University.

Jesse Tyler

State & Local Associate
Jesse joined FAIR in 2014. He is responsible for advancing FAIR's state and local legislative priorities by assisting state and local legislators to draft constitutionally sound legislation and developing strategies to advance such legislation. He also conducts research on a wide variety of immigration-related topics, creates materials to support state and local activists and legislator testimony, and reviews and analyzes legislation. Jesse brings with him a background in government relations having previously served as a lobbyist prior to joining FAIR.

Susan Tully

National Field Director
Susan joined the FAIR staff in 2002. She is a former business owner, manager for municipal code enforcement, immigration coordinator for the Coalition of Government Officials (southern California), and president of Citizens Committee for Immigration Policy. Susan manages FAIR's extensive and national Field Program. She develops members and activist support and educates the media and public on immigration issues.

Dale Wilcox

State and Local Director
Dale joined FAIR in 2012. He is responsible for devising and executing FAIR's state and local legislative strategy and developing FAIR's position on proposed state and local legislation. He assists state and local legislators and activists in drafting constitutionally sound legislation that promotes FAIR's overall mission and in developing strategies for advancing such legislation. Dale also manages the daily functions of the State and Local Department. He brings to FAIR his extensive litigation experience in federal and state courts and before government agencies protecting civil rights and promoting accountability, transparency and integrity in government and fidelity to the rule of law.

Margie Wilkinson

Development Associate
Margie, who joined FAIR in 1982, is a valuable foundation proposal writer. Margie uses her experience to advise FAIR on grant writing techniques. She brings to FAIR not only her knowledge and experience but also her ability to form outstanding relationships with those outside of the organization.

Jessica Wood

Social Networking Consultant
Jessica, who joined FAIR in 2008, started at FAIR as the Government Relations intern and after two internships, became an Associate. Jessica is currently FAIR's social networking expert assisting the FAIR Web team in its outreach efforts using various social networking sites.

Scott Wood

Direct Response Marketing Officer
Scott joined FAIR in 2012 and is responsible for all areas of direct response, digital and social media fundraising. He coordinates across the development and program areas to extend FAIR's message across multiple marketing and communication channels and ensure a positive donor experience. With over 20 years of experience, Scott brings an extensive background in nonprofit fundraising from both agency and nonprofit work.