Our Shared Future: Charting a Path for Immigrant Advancement in a New Political Landscape

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One of Boston's greatest strengths has always been its status as a welcoming gateway for immigrants seeking a better life - from the Irish in the 19th century to Europeans in the early 20th century to Chinese immigrants in the 1940s and beyond. Newcomers bring critical ideas, talent and entrepreneurial energy that Boston has relied on over recent decades to fuel our growth and success. Recent federal action on immigration poses a new, unique threat to our civic identity and Boston's economic future.

This data-informed Understanding Boston forum features leaders who are rising to meet these new challenges and a dialogue to surface new ideas and opportunities.


Paul S. Grogan, President & CEO, The Boston Foundation

Data Overview

Alvaro Lima, Director of Research, Boston Planning & Development Agency

Panel Discussion

Abdulkadir Hussein, Executive Director,
African Community Economic Development of New England (ACEDONE)

Eva Millona, Executive Director,
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
Jerry Rubin, President & CEO, Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)
Veronica Serrato, Executive Director, Project Citizenship

Panel Moderator

Stephen Chan,Vice President of Stratgy Operations, The Boston Foundation

Closing Remarks

 Paul S. Grogan