In the 2018-2019 year, the Dream Project established an Advisory Board to help expand its vital mission of helping immigrant youth in Virginia achieve their highest academic potential.
Unlike our Board of Directors, the Advisory Board is not responsible for financial or hiring decisions or for the day-to-day operations of the Dream Project. Rather, the Advisory Board is an important component of our advocacy efforts as well as our desire to expand our community partnerships and enhance our resources.
In 2018, the Dream Project granted a record 95 scholarships to immigrant and refugee students in Virginia and provided mentoring to another 40 high school students. However, the demand for these services is much greater. We are determined to help as many youth as possible in the most significant way, and the Advisory Board is invaluable to our mission.
Advisory Board members are selected based on their leadership and commitment to our students. We look to each member to assist the Dream Project in three important areas: advocacy on behalf of the Dream Project and immigrant and refugee rights at the local, state and national levels, support to the Dream Project, including counsel to the Board of Directors, and networking on behalf of the Dream Project with others who share the commitment to our mission and students.
Responsibilities of Advisory Board members include attending one annual meeting each year, attending and supporting at least one of the Dream Project’s two annual fundraising events (the Holiday Dinner Party in December or the Voices of Solidarity Concert in the spring), and providing periodic counsel and advice when called upon.
Honorable Tannia Talento
Vice Chair, Arlington Public Schools
Virginia State Director
Regional Director, Office of Senator Tim Kaine
Dr. Irma Becerra
President, Marymount University
International Correspondent CNN
Senator Adam Ebbin
Virginia Senator-30th District
Senator Barbara Favola
Virginia Senator-31st District
President and Senior Advisor, Philanthropy Directions International
Director, Arlington County Department of Human Services
Chair, Herman Family Foundation
Senior Strategic Advisor for Immigration, Open Society Policy Center
Dr. Karen Kennedy-Schultz
Director, Center for Public Service and Scholarship, Shenandoah University
Delegate Elizabeth Guzman
31st District Representative, Virginia House of Delegates
Senior Director, Strategy and Policy, Immigration Emerson Collective
Interim Superintendent, Arlington Public Schools
Honorable Dalia Palchik
School Board Member,Fairfax County Public Schools
Chair, America’s Promise Alliance
Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover
D.A. Vice-President of Student Services, Northern Virginia Community College
Dr. Matthew Shank
President Emeritus, Marymount University
Honorable Noah Simon
Congressman Don Beyer (VA-8)
Lead EL Teacher, Yorktown High School
Dr. Drew Stelljes
Assistant Vice President,Student Engagement and Leadership, The College of William & Mary
Honorable Walter Tejada
President, Virginia Latino Leaders Council
Board Chair, The Frechette Family Foundation