With record numbers of legal and illegal immigrants crossing U.S. borders every day, immigration is an increasingly hot-button issue. Though the current debate often centers on what immigrants take from the United States, many immigrants bring with them skills, talents, a unique story and the potential for a significant contribution. Panelists will highlight benefits of empowering immigrants to become economically self-sufficient and integrated members of society. Moderated by Lata Krishnan, speakers include Farhana Huq, Jane Leu, Brigitte Marshall, and Joseph Rios.
Farhana serves on the Board of Directors for the Chhandam Institute of Kathak Arts in Boston and was a Community Fellow of the Full Circle Fund, a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to addressing public problems through engaged philanthropy and public policy advocacy. Farhana has been volunteering at non-profits since age 14 and served as a full-time Americorps/Volunteer In Service to America for the micro-enterprise field. Farhana holds a BA from Tufts University in Economics and Philosophy. When she is not working, she is dancing Kathak, classical dance of North India, under the tutelege of international master artist Chitresh Das.
Lata Krishnan is CFO for Shah Capital Partners. She was a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of SMART Modular Technologies, a publicly held company recognized as one of Fortune Magazine's 100 Fastest Growing Public Companies.
Krishnan has also held corporate accounting and finance positions at Montgomery Securities, Arthur Andersen & Company LLP, and Hill Vellacott & Company in London, England. She received a B.S. with honors from the London School of Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Krishnan is also the President of the American India Foundation, a premier foundation with a long-term commitment to accelerating social and economic development in India.
She is also a Board Member of the Commonwealth Club, American India Foundation and the San Jose Repertory Theater, Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and Advisor for the Global Philanthropy Forum.
Jane has devoted her professional life to helping immigrants and refugees improve their career situations. Before founding Upwardly Global, she was the Assistant Director for Resettlement, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and the Assistant Director of RefugeeWorks, which provides technical assistance to refugee employment programs. She also helped launch seven refugee Welfare-to-Work programs. In 2000, she and Conrad Asper co-founded the craigslist nonprofit venture forum, a new approach for connecting the giving community to social change organizations.