Raising a Collective Voice:
Newcomers, Partners, and Communities




ECDC's 2015 National Conference
welcomes the following distinguished speakers:


Catherine Wiesner assumed the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary in February 2012, overseeing the Offices of Assistance Programs for Africa, Multilateral Coordination and External Relations, and International Migration. Ms. Wiesner served previously as Principal Director to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs at the Pentagon (2009-2012). Prior to government service, Ms. Wiesner worked as a practitioner and consultant in the fields of humanitarian assistance, peace process, and post-conflict programming. Ms. Wiesner holds a B.A. in Comparative Area Studies from Duke University and a M.P.P. in International Security and Political Economy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Banquet Keynote: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a member of the Career Foreign Service, was sworn in on August 6, 2013 as the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She previously served as the Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources. She was a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, from 2004 to 2006, and was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs from 2006 to 2008. Ms.Thomas-Greenfield was the 2000 recipient of the Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs in recognition of her work with refugees. Prior to joining the Department of State, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield taught Political Science at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she also did work towards a doctorate. She is married with two adult children
León Rodríguez was confirmed by the Senate in June 2014 and sworn in on July 9, 2014, as the director of USCIS. He previously served as the director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services, a position he held from 2011 to 2014. From 2010 to 2011, he served as chief of staff and deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Department of Justice (DOJ). Previously, Rodríguez was county attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland, from 2007 to 2010. He was a principal at Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver in Washington, D.C., from 2001 to 2007. He served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2001, first as chief of the White Collar Crimes Section from 1998 to 1999 and then as first assistant U.S. Attorney until his departure. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Rodríguez was a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division at DOJ from 1994 to 1997 and a senior assistant district attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in New York from 1988 to 1994.
Bob Carey Robert Carey is the Director at the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. He most recently served as the Vice President of Resettlement and Migration Policy at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), leading the agency’s advocacy on refugee, immigration, anti-trafficking, and community development policy issues. He also served for 10 years at the IRC as Vice President of Resettlement, where he oversaw IRC’s assistance to refugees, helping thousands establish new lives in the U.S. and become self-sufficient, productive citizens. He has also served as the chair of Refugee Council USA, a coalition of NGOs working on issues affecting refugees, asylum seekers, displaced persons, victims of trafficking and victims of torture.