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We're Hiring!

Welcoming America | March 27, 2015

We are excited to share that our staff will be growing! Below are descriptions of five positions we are seeking to hire. We encourage you to apply to any positions that interest you and to share this announcement with your network. You can see the full list of open positions on our jobs page.

Job Openings

In its short history, Welcoming America has become an award-winning organization that is changing the way communities respond to immigrants and build mutual respect and cooperation between immigrant and U.S.-born individuals. Each positions provides the unique opportunity to make history by playing an integral part in the growing welcoming movement.

Development and Partnership Officer

This position will help us meet our fundraising goals by building partnerships with major donors and other funders across the country. The position will manage a portfolio, write grants, and act as a face for the organization in donor and prospect meetings.

Director of Communications and Marketing

This position will oversee our communications and marketing strategy and execution to strengthen our brand and help reshape the national narrative on immigration.

Regional Manager

This position serves as the main point of contact for Welcoming America’s regional membership cohorts in the Rust Belt and Southeast regions, facilitating communication, events, planning, and collaboration of members.

Network Coordinator

This position is responsible for providing coordination and support to our membership network and will assist with communication, project planning and implementation, and other day-to-day activities in support of our local partners.

Operations Coordinator

This position is responsible for day-to-day bookkeeping, office management, calendar coordination, information technology support, and more to ensure a smooth-functioning organization. Go Back

The World Economic Forum Names David Lubell a 2015 Young Global Leader

Welcoming America | March 17, 2015

We are excited to announce that Welcoming America founder and Executive Director David Lubell was chosen as a 2015 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has been selected from thousands of leaders for this prestigious program. The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a community made up of the world’s most outstanding next-generation of leaders who have dedicated their time and talent to helping make the world a better place. Leaders hail from around the world and from all sectors of society including private, public, and civil society. David Lubell is one of 186 honorees from 63 countries in the 2015 class. Notable leaders from this year’s class include Thomas Farley, the President of New York Stock Exchange; Ivanka Trump, Vice-President of Development and Acquisitions at the Trump Organization; Mitzi Miller, the Editor-in-Chief of Ebony Magazine; and Yancey Strickler, the CEO of Kickstarter. See the full list of 2015 Young Global Leaders. Lubell said, “I am thrilled and humbled to be named a 2015 Young Global Leader. This nomination is not just an honor for Welcoming America but for all who are working in ground-breaking ways to build more welcoming communities for immigrants and all residents.” Young Global Leaders are granted access to a peer network, world-class meetings, and opportunities to contribute to initiatives and projects of the Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum.

About the Forum of Young Global Leaders

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WA Updates: Administrative Relief Resources, Welcoming Refugees Communications Contest, and More

Welcoming America | February 11, 2015

Administrative Relief Resources

We encourage cities preparing for administrative relief to check out our recently released Administrative Relief Toolkit and to attend our flash webinar series on the topic. Register here for the Administrative Relief: Actions for Local Governments webinar.

Flash Webinar Series on Administrative Relief

This four-part webinar series will explore how communities are coming together to prepare for and implement administrative relief. Join us to learn from experts in the field and share promising approaches.

Webinar - Administrative Relief: Actions for Local Government

Thurs., Feb. 12 @ 1-1:30pm EST This webinar will cover the implications of administrative relief for local governments and their partners and steps to facilitate local implementation, as well as a discussion on current efforts to make the most of DACA expansion. Register here.

Webinar - Nonprofits on the Frontlines of Administrative Relief

Thurs., Feb. 26 @ 1-1:30pm EST This webinar will cover how nonprofits are rising to the challenges and opportunities of administrative relief. Register here.

Welcoming Refugees Communications Contest

If you are part of an organization or community effort that works with refugees and has created positive communications about refugees over the last two years, apply now to our Welcoming Refugees Communications Contest!


  • Best Communications Material
  • Best Event or Campaign
  • Best New Innovation

One grand prize winner in each category will:

  • Receive a paid trip to the 2015 National Immigrant Integration Conference
  • Featured in a toolkit that highlights winning projects and their organizations
  • Recognized in an e-blast to Welcoming America's network and featured on a webinar and the Welcoming Refugees website

Applications are due March 19th. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Report: Bringing Vitality to Main Street

Recently, the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and the DC Fiscal Policy Institute released a report on how immigrant small businesses boost local economies.Read the report!

National Journal Event Highlights City Leadership in Immigrant Integration

Last month, Executive Director David Lubell spoke at a National Journal event sponsored by Emerson Collective and shared more about how localities are leading in action and innovation around immigration. Mayors from across the country spoke about the need for communities to lead on immigration - a big step on the path to mainstreaming the welcoming movement. Watch the event recording.

2014 Welcoming Cities & Counties Convening

Last December, city and county leaders from across the country convened in Los Angeles before the National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) to connect and learn more about topics such as citizenship and immigrant entrepreneurship. We thank all who attended the convening and NIIC, as well as Western Union for its generous sponsorship of our event!

"Open for Business" Event Summary

In conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AS/COA, and Partnership for a New American Economy, last July we hosted an event exploring how businesses can play a role in immigrant inclusion and engaging receiving communities. Read the event report.

2015 National Welcoming Week

September 12-20, 2015 It is never too early to start gearing up for National Welcoming Week! Check out the Welcoming Week website soon for more information.


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Share your voice on federal immigrant welcome & inclusion

Welcoming America | January 27, 2015

Two months ago, President Obama issued the memorandum Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees establishing a White House Task Force on New Americans, an inter-agency effort to develop a coordinated federal strategy to better integrate New Americans into communities and engage receiving communities. Now, the White House is seeking your ideas to help shape the focus of federal immigrant integration strategy.

Participate in White House Listening Sessions

The Task Force on New Americans and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invite you to participate in three listening sessions to learn more about the task force, discuss federal strategies to strengthen the civic integration of New Americans, and seek your feedback on best practices and strategies for successfully integrating immigrants in local communities. We strongly encourage you to participate!

Listening Session Topics

Receiving Communities

Thursday, Jan. 29 @ 1-2pm EST

Economic and Linguistic Integration

Tuesday, Feb. 3 @ 1-2pm EST

Civic Integration

Thursday, Feb. 5 @ 1-2pm EST

How to Register

  • Visit the registration page to confirm your participation
  • Enter your email address and select “Submit”
  • Select “Subscriber Preferences”
  • Select the “Event Registration” tab
  • Provide your full name and organization
  • Complete the questions and select “Submit”

Once the registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details. If you have any questions about the registration process or if you do not receive a confirmation email within two business days of registering, please email [email protected].

Submit Your Ideas to the White House

The White House has also issued a general call for ideas to help shape federal immigrant integration strategy. To learn how to submit your idea, visit this blog post, which can also be found in Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Korean.

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Keep the momentum going

Welcoming America | December 18, 2014

Dear Welcomers,

It has been an incredible year.

Together, we lifted up welcoming at a national – and international – level.

We were so incredibly humbled to be recognized by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when we received the Intercultural Innovation Award as well as to be honored by President Obama last week in Nashville.

We were thrilled to help bring welcoming to the halls of Washington when we co-hosted, with National Partnership for New Americans, the first-ever White House Convening on Immigrant and Refugee Integration, and we are similarly excited about the recent presidential memorandum, Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees.

And we continued to highlight welcoming during flash points around immigration – including children fleeing violence from Central America and administrative relief.

Together, we accelerated policy change in communities nationwide, moving the needle on immigration locally.

There is a movement sweeping the nation: whole communities are coming together to create welcoming environments in which immigrant and long-term residents alike can thrive and prosper.

Now, our network includes 64 nonprofit and municipal government members who are working to instill welcoming locally, moving from symbolic gestures to institutional policy change – from establishing mayoral offices focused on supporting immigrants, to appointing task forces, to outlining how to best attract and retain immigrants.

Together, we reshaped the national narrative on immigration.

The welcoming message spread further than ever, from the New York Times, to the Associated Press, to Forbes, to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Leaders from all over the country are also increasingly highlighting the value of welcoming immigrants and the contributions they make in places as diverse as Atlanta, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Boston, and Detroit.

We could not have done this without you. Can you help keep this momentum going in 2015 with a tax-deductible gift to Welcoming America?

We are in a special welcoming moment for the country, and we want to ensure that we move in the right direction. With your support, together, we can continue to build a nation where immigrants are embraced and welcomed by their communities and neighbors.

With my deepest appreciation,

David Lubell Executive Director

P.S. While we appreciate any gift, you can become an even bigger champion of welcoming by giving monthly.

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An incredible honor from the President

Welcoming America | December 12, 2014

This Tuesday, I had the honor of flying on Air Force One with President Obama to Nashville to celebrate the city as an exemplar of what a welcoming

community can achieve.
Let me share some of what the President said during his speech at Casa Azafran in Nashville:
"[L]et me close with the story of somebody who is working to bring people together. David Lubell, who…used to run the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. And he knew that some folks were skeptical about immigrants changing the face of Nashville. And he also knew though that these immigrants were good people. So he saw an opportunity for immigration to unite the city rather than divide it. And in 2005, he started Welcoming Tennessee which connects long-term residents in the community with new immigrants.…And the conversations weren't always easy. But it created a foundation of mutual understanding and respect. And today, David's initiative is expanding across the country….This is what makes America exceptional. That we welcome strivers. We welcome dreamers from all around the world. And it keeps us young and it keeps us invigorated, and it keeps us thriving. And pushing the boundaries of what's possible.”
We thank the White House and the President for this incredible recognition. To see the full speech, including the town hall portion, click here: (skip to 9:00 to hear President Obama recognize the welcoming movement).

It is truly an honor when the President recognizes your movement, and we are excited to share in this honor with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition – the creator and home of Welcoming Tennessee – and the thousands of courageous leaders from all sectors of Nashville who have made the city a national model of welcoming, including Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and the Mayor’s Office of New Americans. We also share this recognition with every leader and institution in the U.S. who is working to build greater understanding between immigrants and longtime residents and enact welcoming policies, particularly our numerous non-profit and municipal government members. Our non-profit members, or affiliates, deserve particular recognition, as they have been building our network from the ground up for many years and are true heroes of welcoming.
This recognition lifts us all up. It shows how far we’ve come, and so fast. It was extraordinary to hear the President talking about the need for empathy for those with fears and doubts about immigration and expressing why the simple effort of building bridges with receiving communities matters so much to national and local policy change – and culture change.
Our culture towards immigrants is changing – person by person, community by community. The President continuously highlighted the message of immigrants as assets and as neighbors who can positively transform communities, and this was echoed in the media, such as from the Associated PressThe TennesseanFusionCNNUSA Today, and the LA Times.
Not only was this message delivered on a national stage – but it’s about to be codified for the first time in national policy. As part of the actions taken several weeks ago, the President released a memorandum, Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees. It calls for the creation of a White House Task Force on New Americans, an interagency effort to identify and support state and local integration efforts. Click here to read more about the origins and significance of the memo, made possible in partnership with the National Partnership for New Americans and many of you. Not only does this step set in motion the country’s first comprehensive federal immigration strategy, but it is the first time that a country has highlighted receiving communities and the role of local initiatives as a central part of its immigration approach. This will help invigorate efforts across all levels of government, leading to greater scale and impact in integration work throughout the country.
This is just the beginning, and we look forward to continuing this momentum with you to make our nation a truly welcoming one where immigrants are embraced and thriving. Welcoming America is a movement, an ideal for our country to live up to, and I hope you are as proud as I am to be a part of it.
My heartfelt thanks,
David Lubell
Executive Director
Welcoming America

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Reflections on the Presidential Memorandum

Welcoming America | December 12, 2014

Despite our history as a nation of immigrants, the U.S. has never had a federal immigrant integration policy; for the first time ever, one is on the way. Thanks to a recent commitment by the President, detailed in the presidential memorandum on Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees, the White House will be establishing a White House Task Force on New Americans, an interagency effort to identify and support state and local integration efforts that are working and to consider how to expand and replicate successful models.

"Our success as a Nation of immigrants is rooted in our ongoing commitment to welcoming and integrating newcomers into the fabric of our country.

It is important that we develop a Federal immigrant integration strategy that is innovative and competitive with those of other industrialized nations and supports mechanisms to ensure that our Nation's diverse people are contributing to society to their fullest potential.….Therefore, I am establishing a White House Task Force on New Americans, an interagency effort to identify and support State and local efforts at integration that are working and to consider how to expand and replicate successful models."

- President Barack Obama

A positive outcome around the memorandum would not have been possible without the efforts of our incredible partners, particularly the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), who co-hosted with Welcoming America this summer’s event at the White House, the first-ever White House Convening on Immigrant and Refugee Integration where leaders and partners from communities across the country shared ideas that have and will continue to shape the contours of the federal integration strategy. NPNA has been working to advance this cause for over five years and deserves a huge amount of credit for making all this happen. This is just the beginning; your voices were heard, and we look forward to continuing to engage our incredible network and to working with you to move this agenda forward. In a detailed analysis published in the online journal The Migrationist, our colleague Paul McDaniel at the American Immigration Council observed: "Through this memo, the President is defining that the concept of cultivating welcoming and inclusive communities is important. Words and actions of mayors and governors on immigrant and refugee integration at the municipal, metropolitan, and state levels have created safe spaces for a broad cross-sector of community leaders and organizations to work together to plan and implement integration strategies, benefiting their local communities." None of this could have been possible without our many partners – from those who have been focused on building a national strategy for years, such as NPNA, Migration Policy Institute, American Immigration Council, and NALEO, to community leaders, advocates, and welcomers from coast to coast. Whether you have been long-time participants or are new to the field, each of us can share in celebrating this historic moment and this unique opportunity to move forward together and make our nation a truly welcoming one in which immigrants are embraced, integrated, and thriving. David Lubell Executive Director Welcoming America Go Back

Why I'll be in Nashville today

Welcoming America | December 9, 2014

Update 2: Watch the full town hall below or go to minute 9 to listen to President Obama speak about David Lubell and the Welcoming America movement. Read the transcript here


Update: We are so honored that our movement was recognized by the President during his visit to Nashville! A special shout out goes out to Mayor Karl Dean, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, and all who have helped make Welcoming Tennessee and the welcoming movement a reality.


Today, I’m in Nashville with the President and community leaders to celebrate the city’s story of redemption. As a new gateway for immigrants, Nashville saw its community change quickly, like so many other American cities and towns. When I launched Welcoming Tennessee with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) in 2006, we worried that growing fears and concerns about that change would prevail. Instead, the work of many civic, business, and community leaders have helped set Nashville on a different course. From Mayor Karl Dean to TIRRC and the Welcoming Tennessee Initiative, along with Nashville for All of Us and the many groups within it, Nashville represents the best of what can be achieved when a community comes together. Now, Nashville has remade itself into a more inclusive place, one that embraces and welcomes the city’s growing diversity – and has reaped the economic benefits. Nashville’s story is the story of America – a country that is grappling with whether to embrace immigrants. Nashville’s story reminds us that there is a positive way forward for all communities, as well as a more inclusive and prosperous future for those like Nashville that seize the opportunity to become more welcoming. “We’ve worked hard to create in this city an example of what it means to truly welcome New Americans….Diverse communities are the ones that have the best chances to thrive in today’s world, and Nashville is proud to be one.”  

– Nashville Mayor Karl Dean

The birthplace of Welcoming America and a model that we are now replicating nationwide, Nashville has been a tremendous catalyst for nationwide change. It has inspired a locally-led welcoming movement by towns, cities, and counties across the country that see immigrants as an essential asset.
As American communities wrestle with whether to embrace their growing diversity, Nashville’s success and recognition today reminds us that there is a way to move our communities forward and that American cities thrive when diverse people from around the world feel valued and want to put down roots.    
Today’s visit by the President also celebrates the fact that all immigration is local. The President’s recent memorandum on Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees represents a historic federal commitment to local integration. It recognizes the leadership of communities in immigrant welcome and the need for integration efforts like those in Nashville. "With the number of foreign-born residents more than doubling over the past decade, Nashville has actively worked to welcome new Americans. Through community-based programs and government initiatives, the city is empowering and engaging New American community leaders. And the city's actions are paying off."

– Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary President Obama to Give Immigration Speech in Nashville

That’s why I’ll be joining the President and Nashville leaders today to recognize Nashville’s success and to celebrate all of the unsung leaders across the country who are making their communities more welcoming ones.  You can join me, too - watch a live feed of the event here, and follow us on Twitter for a live Tweet of the event.
David Lubell
Executive Director, Welcoming America

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Will you join us?

Welcoming America | December 5, 2014

Will you join us in building a more Welcoming America?

It takes more than a single day to live up to our values as a welcoming nation, but it’s remarkable what can be achieved in just a few short years by the power of we. At this historic welcoming moment, we reflect on what we have accomplished, and how we will move this country forward. Together: We have built an incredible nationwide network of 80 communities that are standing on the right side of history to welcome immigrants. We are showing that we can change the way America responds to demographic change – not with fear, but by embracing diversity. We are together changing the way everyday people get along in communities, building a nationwide movement of leaders, and moving our country forward toward inclusion and prosperity. At an historic welcoming crossroads, will our nation waste the potential of a generation of New Americans?  Will we be hindered by our fears? Or will we join with diverse new neighbors to build stronger communities? Only we can decide. Will you join the Welcoming movement with a donation? Today, we’re asking for your continued support in joining us to reshape the future of our country as one in which all people – no matter where they are born or where they worship  - can participate in building a greater America.

With your donation, you will help us continue to fuel a coast to coast movement of communities in which immigrants are welcomed and have the opportunity to contribute and succeed. There can be no greater legacy than ensuring that our country continues to stand as a beacon of hope and opportunity for people across the globe, and that our communities continue to benefit from their diversity. Will you join us?

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WA Updates: Administrative Relief Resources & Webinar, Join Us at the NIIC

Welcoming America | December 4, 2014

(Webinar) Talking to Receiving Communities about Administrative Relief: Tips for Effective and Positive Messaging on Administrative Relief


Thursday, December 11 @ 1-2pm EST Two weeks ago, President Obama announced a plan for administrative relief. This webinar will cover what administrative relief is - and what it is not - and how to talk about it to receiving communities, including helpful tips on messaging in a positive and persuasive way. Speakers include Kari Hong, Professor at Boston College Law School; Rachel Peric, Deputy Director at Welcoming America; and Amanda Cooper, Independent Consultant at Lightbox Cooperative. REGISTER NOW. **Welcoming America is hosting this webinar as an independent organization. Though Welcoming America is a technical assistance provider for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the views and content shared are those of the organization only, and are neither offered nor funded under the auspices of ORR or the Welcoming Refugees technical assistance program.**

Messaging and Resources on Administrative Relief


As a part of our efforts to support the implementation of administrative relief, we are compiling statements from local leaders nationwide who are coming out in support of administrative relief and restating their commitment to creating welcoming communities for immigrants. These statements can be found here. Additionally, learn more about administrative relief - including who qualifies and how to obtain legal assistance - through the following resources:

The President’s immigration action also included other changes to the immigration system. For more information, click here.

Join Us at the NIIC


Join us at the NIIC for the Receiving Communities track, where we'll celebrate the significant success we have achieved in creating immigrant-friendly communities across the country and explore new approaches for addressing bias and backlash, building alliances and a broader base of support, and helping communities manage demographic change in ways that bring the whole community together. Sessions include:

You'll also have the opportunity to vote for America's Most Welcoming City in the first-ever Welcoming City Idol - click here to decide which city you'll be rooting for!

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