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QUREESH HUSSEIN

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Qureesh Hussein is self-employed and a community leader dedicated to advancing a more equitable world and just world. He is committed to a world where refugee families have safety, security, and can lead dignified lives as full participants in their new home. 

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Hussein arrived in the U.S. in 2010 as an asylum seeker through the San Ysidro Port Of Entry. Since arrival he has dedicated his life to his community in support of community members, youth, and families. 

Hussein is originally from Ethiopia and enjoys playing soccer and politics. 

ABDI ALI

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Abdi Ali is self-employed and a community organizer working with elders and community leaders to help build a unified voice in the Somali community.

Abdi arrived in the U.S. in 2010 as an asylum seeker and has volunteered and supported PANA since inception. He has also organized asylum seekers to connect them to community services and self-help networks providing housing, food, and transpiration support. 

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Abdi is ardent supporter of Manchester United and loves talking history and politics.

AHMAD BAILONY

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Dr. Ahmad Bailony is a pediatrician in National City, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Paradise Valley Hospital and Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Toledo College of Medicine.

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Ahmad was born and raised in San Diego by his Syrian parents. As well as being a pediatrician, he’s a blogger and punk rock enthusiast.

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JOHN LOUGHLIN

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John is a physics graduate from Imperial College, London and has over 30 years of experience managing product development groups in the U.S., UK, Norway, India & South Korea. He’s been a CTO, VP Engineering and Program Manager with telecommunications, consumer electronics and medical devices companies.

He immigrated to San Diego, California in 1993 and founded Ruby White Enterprises in 1996, providing communication & technology services to businesses, non-profits and progressive groups.

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John looks to help build greater union between immigrant tech workers and refugees.

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NAO KABASHIMA

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Nao Kabashima is the co-founder and Executive Director of Karen Organization of San Diego (KOSD), a community based organization serving refugees from Burma resettled in San Diego. She is originally from Fukuoka, Japan and first came to the U.S. as a graduate student. After she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education and her Master’s degree in Political Science, she moved to San Diego in 2008 and began volunteering for the Refugee Resettlement Program at Jewish Family Service of San Diego. In August 2009, she co-founded KOSD with Karen community leaders to meet the urgent needs of refugees from Burma. She also served as the Chair of the San Diego Refugee Forum in 2012-2013. 

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She especially loves the beautiful culture, languages, and personalities that people from Burma have. One of her favorite parts about working at KOSD is that the office resounds with “lots of laughter all the time.”

TOM WONG

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Tom K. Wong is an associate professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego and director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Center (USIPC). He recently served as an advisor to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) under the Obama administration and currently serves on the State of California 2020 Census Complete Count Committee (CCC). He is also Director of the International Migration Studies Program Minor. His research focuses on the politics of immigration, citizenship, and migrant "illegality." As these issues have far-reaching implications, his work also explores the links between immigration, race and ethnicity, and the politics of identity.

His first book, Rights, Deportation, and Detention in the Age of Immigration Control, analyzes the immigration control policies of twenty-five Western immigrant-receiving democracies (Stanford University Press, 2015). In analyzing over 30,000 roll call votes on immigration-related legislation in Congress since 2005, his second book, The Politics of Immigration: Partisanship, Demographic Change, and American National Identity (Oxford University Press, 2016), represents the most comprehensive analysis to date on the contemporary politics of immigration in the United States.

Wong's research has been used by policymakers both in the U.S. and in Mexico, as well as by organizations that serve immigrant communities. Wong and his work has been covered by ABC News/Univision, Fusion, NPR, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Yahoo News, and by Univision in Mexico.

He is also on the leadership committee of the California Immigrant Policy Center, the board of the New American Leaders Project, and recently served on the advisory council of Unbound Philanthropy. Wong also consults on campaigns and elections, specializing in mobilizing low-propensity voters of color and immigrant communities.