Advisory Board

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.

John Andelin
Community Leader

Gaston Araoz
Regional Director, Office of Senator Tim Kaine

Dr. Irma Becerra
President, Marymount University

Dr. Angel Cabrera
President, George Mason University

David Culver
Reporter and Anchor, NBC News4

Senator Adam Ebbin
Virginia Senator, 30th District

Senator Barbara Favola
Virginia Senator, 31st District

Denise Ferguson
Community Leader 

Greg Fields
President and Senior Advisor, Philanthropy Directions International

Anita Friedman
Director, Arlington County Department of Human Services

Rebecca Herman
Chair, Herman Family Foundation

Angela Kelley
Senior Strategic Advisor for Immigration, Open Society Policy Center

Dr. Karen Kennedy-Schultz
Director, Center for Public Service and Scholarship, Shenandoah University

Ginger Geoffrey
Community Leader

Delegate Elizabeth Guzman
31st District Representative, Virginia House of Delegates

Michelle LaRue
Virginia State Director, Casa De Virginia

Nathan Monnell
Executive Director, National PTA

Dr. Pat Murphy
Superintendent, Arlington Public Schools

Tara Palacios
Director, Biz Launch

Dalia Palchik
School Board Member, Fairfax County Public Schools

Alma Powell
Chair, America’s Promise Alliance

Dr. Scott Ralls
President, Northern Virginia Community College

Dr. Matthew Shank
President Emeritus, Marymount University

Honorable Noah Simon
District Director, Congressman Don Beyer (VA-8)

Justine Springberg
Community Leader

Dr. Drew Stelljes
Assistant Vice President, Student Engagement and Leadership, College of William & Mary

Honorable Tannia Talento
School Board Member, Arlington Public Schools

Honorable Walter Tejada
President, Virginia Latino Leaders Council

Kathy Tenhula
Vice President, Frechette Family Foundation