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.

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.

Anna Giaritelli
Press Secretary
Anna joined FAIR in 2014. She serves as the primary contact for all press calls and is responsible for writing and producing media material and newsletters, building relationships with reporters and producers, and assisting senior staff. Anna has experience reporting for CQ Roll Call, The Washington Examiner and Cox Media Group. Her background in congressional reporting and a firm grasping of newsworthiness will further assist the media department at 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 Counsel
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
Senior 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 Ruark is the Director of Research at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and is responsible for FAIR’s research publications, as well as educating the public and policy makers on immigration-related issues. He was trained as a European intellectual historian, specializing in Twentieth-Century Germany, and the history of science and technology. Mr. Ruark has published extensively on the fiscal, economic, and environmental effects of U.S. immigration policy, and testified before the Senate on agricultural guest worker programs.

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.

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.