22nd Annual National Conference
Beyond Shelter for Refugees and Immigrants:
Moving from Protection to Integration




ECDC's 2016 National Conference
welcomes the following distinguished speakers:


Conference Keynote: Simon Henshaw is a career officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, currently serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. His previous assignment was Director of Andean Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. From 2008 to 2011, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Mr. Henshaw joined the State Department in 1985. Prior to Tegucigalpa, he served overseas in Brasilia, St. Petersburg, San Salvador, Abidjan, and Manila. In Washington, he worked in the State Department’s Office of Cuban Affairs, Central American Affairs, and in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He attended the National War College, where he earned a Master of Science in National Security Affairs, and has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Banquet Speaker: Isiah (Ike) Leggett (Invited) was elected to a four-year term as Montgomery County Executive in 2006 and was re-elected in 2012 and 2014. He is the first African American to be elected to this public office. Leggett was elected president of the Maryland Association of Counties in January 2015. Previously, he served four terms as an At-Large Member on the Montgomery County Council (1986-2002). He also served as the Council's President three times (1991, 1998, and 1999) and as its Vice-President three times (1990, 1997 and 2002). His other political service includes chairing the Maryland Democratic Party from December 2002-December 2004, which involved working with local officials throughout the State of Maryland. Mr. Leggett holds four higher education degrees: B.A. from Southern University, a Master’s and J.D. degree from Howard University, and a Master of Laws from George Washington University.
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.He received a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.
Bob Carey Banquet Speaker: William Hammink, serves as the USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Africa. Previously, Hammink served as the Mission Director in Afghanistan, USAID’s largest mission. Under his leadership, he oversaw a $109 million program as a former USAID mission director in India, and managed one of the largest USAID programs in sub-Saharan Africa as USAID mission director in Ethiopia from 2003 to 2006. Mr. Hammink received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota, and has served eight posts on three continents. Please click here to download a complete bio. Please click here for a complete bio.
Bob Carey Kenneth Tota is the Deputy Director for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He has served in this capacity since 2008 and previously served as Acting ORR Director in 2006 and more recently in 2015. Prior to ORR, he served as Senior Program Specialist at the Immigration and Naturalization Service where he provided oversight to the Unaccompanied Children’s Program and the program’s transfer from the U.S. Department of Justice to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Before entering civil service, Ken was the Cuban Haitian Program Coordinator for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, D.C., and Miami, Fl. Ken has Master’s in Public Administration from the American University in Washington, D.C.
Bob Carey Shelly Pitterman is the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Regional Representative to the United States and the Caribbean based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Pitterman joined UNHCR in 1984 as a program officer in Sudan and has managed UNHCR field and country operations in Guinea, Burundi and Kenya. He also served as the Director of Operations in Jordan for the UN Relief and Works Agency. Mr. Pitterman has held positions in UNHCR’s Geneva headquarters, including as Chief of Resettlement and as Director of Human Resources Management before taking up his assignment in the United States in 2013. Mr. Pitterman went to Brandeis University and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.