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April 23, 2019

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Immigration Equality Announces Five New Board Members

NEW YORK, NY — Immigration Equality, the country’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization, welcomes five new members to its Board of Directors.

“We are excited to welcome these deeply committed and talented individuals to our Board,” said Aaron C. Morris, Immigration Equality’s Executive Director. “Their wealth of expertise will bolster our efforts to secure refuge, fair treatment, and freedom in in the U.S. for LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants seeking asylum.”

Albert R. Chen moved to New York City as an LGBTQ immigrant in 2009 after working as a law clerk at the Federal Court of Canada. Albert began representing asylum seekers at Immigration Equality as a legal fellow from 2009 to 2010 and thereafter continued to devote his time to representing clients on a pro bono basis while working at various corporate law firms, including Dechert LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. After several years working at Brookfield Asset Management, Albert is currently an in-house attorney at The Blackstone Group. In 2016, Albert co-chaired Immigration Equality’s Safe Haven Awards. Albert went to McMaster University in Canada for his undergraduate education, received an MA from Columbia University, and has an LLB from the McGill University Faculty of Law.

Fadi Hanna is the Chief Compliance Officer of Bloomberg LP, based primarily in New York City. Previously, Fadi was a Managing Director in Compliance at JPMorgan Chase & Co., advising on bank and securities regulatory matters across JPMorgan’s businesses, serving as the Chief Compliance Officer of the Firm’s Swap Dealers, among other roles. Prior to joining JPMorgan, Fadi was a litigator at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Fadi holds a law degree from Yale Law School, and a B.S from Duke University. At the start of his legal career, Fadi served as a Legal Intern for Immigration Equality. Fadi was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to a family that is half Lebanese and half Egyptian, and immigrated to the U.S., so he has a personal appreciation for the challenges faced by LGBTQ immigrants.

Brian King is the Global Officer of Digital, Distribution, Revenue Management + Global Sales for Marriott International. His team optimizes demand, drives revenue, and delivers a seamless experience for customers across all the company’s sales channels including Marriott.com. His team also oversees Customer Engagement Centers, whose agents engage with more than 65 million customers annually. In 2015, Mr. King was the keynote honoree for Milwaukee’s annual Business Equality program. He also served as Marriott’s senior executive opening the 44th anniversary convention of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association in Tampa, Florida. Mr. King has a B.A. in Communications from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement.

Leone Kraus is Vice President in Global Strategy Group’s Seattle office. GSG is a public affairs, communications, and research firm where Leone is responsible for raising awareness of GSG in the Pacific Northwest and creating new business partnerships. For over fifteen years, Leone has served in various marketing, account execution, fundraising, and business development roles. She’s worked with Fortune 100 brands, foundations, and nonprofits. Leone has been an active volunteer for the LGBTQ community for organizations such as Empire State Pride Agenda and Lesbians Who Tech. Leone earned her MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from New York University. In 2012, her final capstone, Social Media Ethics and the LGBT Community, was published by Harvard’s LGBTQ Policy Journal.

Kymberli E. Morris is a Vice President of Strategic Partner Management at Credit Suisse (CS). Prior to joining CS, she worked at Ernst and Young (EY) as a Senior Technical Project Manager. Her prior Board experience includes Palisades Emergency Residence Corp (PERC), United Way of Hudson County and WomEnpower, Inc. She and her partner also run Warm Heads, Warm Hearts, a charity that makes and distributes hats and scarves to the homeless. When not working or volunteering, Kymberli enjoys reading, writing historical fiction, spending time with her family, and hiking with her dogs.

Learn more about Immigration Equality’s full Board of Directors here.

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Immigration Equality is the nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. We represent and advocate for people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse, and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Our legal team has won asylum for more than 1,200 LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants while maintaining a 99% success rate.