Nations and cities around the world are experiencing an unprecedented wave of migration, bringing both benefits and challenges. Questions about how these migrants can and should be integrated and which avenues of migration should be made available are increasingly hotly debated. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has been analyzing issues of migration, migrant integration, and the economic impact of immigration for more than a decade. Beginning with a bipartisan task force study and report in 2004 that recommended comprehensive US immigration policy reform, the Council has produced nearly 20 reports and research briefs on immigration issues, many focused on ensuring US economic competitiveness.
A major report published by the Council on Global Affairs in 2013 analyzed the role immigration plays in the Midwestern economy and identified necessary policy directions or interventions. It argued immigrants are essential to the nation’s future prosperity and key to economic revitalization and urged Washington to implement reforms to immigration policies. Reports and research briefs published since then have explored how immigrants offset population decline and an aging workforce in metropolitan areas, innovative initiatives to integrate immigrants advanced by community leaders, and the preparedness of Midwest states to implement President Obama’s executive action on immigration. We are currently examining the role of immigration on the healthcare sector, the economic importance for local economies to retain US-educated foreign-born students, and the impact of immigration reform on national security. Moving forward, the Council will consider what can be done to ensure immigration policies reflect the realities of the 21st century global economy and ensure the country’s ability to manage the opportunities and challenges presented by globalization.

Group of 500

The Group of 500 is a growing network of the region’s business, political, and civic leaders who have broadly endorsed the direction of the bipartisan Midwest immigration task force. With their support, the immigration initiative is creating an extensive network of Midwestern leaders committed to raising awareness on the important contributions of immigrants to the economy.


Mayor Gerald R. Bennett, Mayor, City of Palos Hills, Illinois
Mayor David J. Berger, Mayor, City of Lima, Ohio
Senator Daniel Biss, Illinois State Senator, 9th District
Mayor Paul S. Braun, Mayor, Village of Flossmoor, Illinois
Mayor Peter Buttigieg, Mayor, City of South Bend, Indiana
President Rodney S. Craig, Village President, Hanover Park, Illinois
Mayor John Cranley, Mayor, City of Cincinnati, Ohio
Commissioner Evelyn Diaz, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Family & Support Services
Sheriff Paul H. Fitzgerald, Story County Iowa Sheriff, Former President, National Sheriffs Association
Mayor Bill Gluba, Mayor, City of Davenport, Iowa
Mayor Betsy Hodges, Mayor, City of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell, Mayor, City of Kalamazoo, Michigan
President Larry A. Keller, Former Village President, Village of West Dundee, Illinois
Mayor Mike Levsen, Mayor, Aberdeen, South Dakota
Mayor Karen Majewski, Mayor, City of Hamtramck, Michigan
Marilyn Michelini, Village President, Village of Montgomery, Illinois
Mayor William F. Murphy, Former Mayor, Village of Woodridge, Illinois
President R. Jamieson Nunamaker, Village President, Fox River Grove, Illinois
Alderman Ameya Pawar, Alderman 47th Ward, City of Chicago
Representative Robert Pritchard, Illinois State Representative, 70th District
Representative Mike Quigley, US House of Representatives, Illinois 5th District
President William T. Rodeghier, Village President, Village of Western Springs, Illinois
Mayor Robert Sabonijan, Mayor, City of Waukegan, Illinois
Mayor Jeffrey Schielke, Mayor, City of Batavia, Illinois
Representative Brad Schneider, U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois 10th District
Mayor Paul R. Soglin, Mayor, City of Madison, Wisconsin
Representative Cynthia Soto, Illinois State Representative, 4th District
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Mayor, City of Evanston, Illinois
President Gerald C. Turry, Village President, Village of Lincolnwood, Illinois
Mayor Dayne Walling, Mayor, City of Flint, Michigan
Mayor Tom Weisner, City of Aurora, Illinois
Mayor Nan Whaley, Mayor, City of Dayton, Ohio
Mayor Eugene Williams, Mayor, Village of Lynwood, Illinois


Siyad Abdullahi, President & CEO, Pro-Health Care, Inc.
Angela D. Adams, Director, Immigration Group, Lewis and Kappes
Thomas Adler, Senior Advisor, Playhouse Square Real Estate Services
Mark Aguilera, Principal, TorreBlanc Ltd., Investment Management Technology
Jim Anderson, Vice President, Marketing - Public Relations, CoxHealth
Julie M. Aponte, Managing Director, J. Aponte & Associates, LLC
Ira Azulay, Attorney, Immigrations Attorneys, LLP
M. Mercedes Badia-Tavas, Attorney, Badia-Tavas Law Group, Ltd
George S. Barrett, Chairman & CEO, Cardinal Health
Royal F. Berg, Attorney at Law, American Immigration Lawyers Association
Scott M. Borene, Principal, Borene Law Firm
David Borris, President, Hel's Kitchen Catering
Doreen Boulos,Strategic Investments
Rebecca J. Boyd, Attorney          
Greg Brown, Chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions
David Zaritzky Brown, Managing Partner, Brown Immigration Law, LLC
John Bucksbaum, CEO, Bucksbaum Retail Properties
James Burgum, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Arthur Ventures
Sean Casten, President and CEO, Recycled Energy Development, LLC
Marty Castro, President and CEO, Castro Synergies, LLC
Allison Chan, Esq., Attorney in Charge, Chicago, Margaret W. Wong & Associates
Toni K. Chandler, Executive Producer, Metamorphosis Productions, Inc.
Alan H. Channing, President and CEO, Sinai Health System
Lori Chesser, Immigration Department Chair, Davis Brown Law Firm
Sohin Chinoy, Manager, A.T. Kearney
Hilary D. Claggett, Senior Editor, Potomac Books, Inc.
Dolores Connolly, CEO, Sterling Engineering, Inc.
Howard A. Dahl, President and CEO, Amity Technology, LLC
Jessica P. Davis, President, Davis Industrial Services
Sara Elizabeth Dill, Attorney/ Partner, Law Offices of Sara Elizabeth Dill
Susanne Evens, CEO, AAA Translation
Scott Fehlan, Senior Counsel, Law Department
Rebecca Feldman, Immigration Law Project
Nicole Fender Fisher, President and CEO, HHR Strategies, Inc
Roberto D. Fonts, Founder and CEO, Dialog One, LLC
Prithvi S. Gandhi, VP Corporate Development, Dover Corporation
Astrid Garcia, Vice President, Lee Enterprises
Donald Garner, President, LL.M. Law Group
Aditya Goparaju, Microsoft Corporation
Miguel Guevera, Managing Partner, Thribe Management Consulting
Ujjwal Gupta, Chief Operating Officer, BenchPrep 
Jose Gutierrez
, Branch Manager, Byline Bank
Steve Haggerty, Global Head, Real Estate and Capital Strategy, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Robert Haidari, Founder, Hot Emu
Keith Hanson, Hanson Law Group, LLP
Laura Hayes, Digital Marketing Coordinator, VISANOW
Benjamin Hernandez, CEO and Co-Founder, NuMat Technologies, Inc.
Mario Hernandez, Director of Public Affairs, Western Union
Barbara Higgins, SVP, Customer Experience, Allstate Insurance Company
Anne Hill, Manager, Local Government and Community Relations, Metro Health
Randall (RJ) Jacobs, President, TAG Communications, Inc.
Minoo Javanmardian, Vice President, Global Health Practice, Booz & Company
Michael Jolic, Attorney, Sharon and Kalnoki, LLC
Murali Kanakasabai, Managing Director, Environmental Financial Products, LLC
Peggy Kayser, Chief Programs Officer, Mainstreet Organization of Realtors
John Keller, Executive Director, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
Jonathan Kent, Clearing Solutions Analyst, CME Group
Seth Kravitz, Co-Founder and President, Technori
Veena Kumar, Senior Program Controls Manager, ARCADIS US
Billy Lawless, Sr., Restaurant Owner, The Gage
Kenneth Lehman, Managing Director, KKP Group LLC
Daniel Levin, Chairman, The Habitat Company
Harriet Lewis, President, Konesens
Mandy Lewis, Account Manager, Accuvant
Marketa Lindt, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Natalie Linville-Mass, President, MediaLink, Inc.
Emilia Lopez, Vice President, Capital One Strategy Consulting
Joe Lopez, President, Aster Elements, Inc.
Emily Love, President, Law Office of Emily Love, P.C.
Alvaro Macias, Community Development Manager, Ascentra Credit Union
Bertha G. Magana, Principal, Bertha G. Magana Consulting
Ricardo Martinez, Communications and Community Relations, Miramar Group 
Alan Matthew, Angel Investor and CEO/ Managing Director, AM Ventures, LLC
Jeff McCarter, Founder & E.D., Free Spirit Media
Maria Mier Llaca, Vice Chairman, Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
L. Heather Mitchell, Principal, Investor Relations Capri Capital Partners, LLC
David Moradzadeh, Branch Manager, Byline Bank
Michael Morales, CEO, Advanced Consulting and Training
Cecilia A. Mowatt, President, Strategies In Site, Inc. 
Kim Allen Murray, Managing Attorney, Immigration Law Project
Mark Nolte, President, Iowa City Area Development Group
Douglas R. Oberhelman, CEO, Caterpillar, Inc.
Juan Ochoa, President & CEO, Miramar International Group
Tim O'Harrow, Dairy producer  
Bob Ontiveros, Founder, Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Retired)
Greg Page, Chairman and CEO, Cargill, Inc
Rob Paral, Rob Paral & Associates
BJ Pfeiffer, President and CEO, Enterprise Solutions Technology, Inc.
Al Phelps, Managing Partner, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Giovanni Piedimonte, MD, Chairman, Cleveland Clinic
Sarah Claire Pierce, Website Manager, Human Trafficking Search
Pranav S. Ramanathan, Managing Director, Coacharya
Vincent Rangel, Senior Vice President of Community Relations, Miramar Group
Ashish Rangnekar, CEO and Co-Founder, Benchprep.com
Michael J. Rendon, Attorney, Michael J. Rendon, LLC
Girish Rishi, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Motorola, Inc.
Ennedy D. Rivera, Senior Associate, Wysocki & Smith
John Rivera, Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual
Katherine Rockman, DDS, Assets Group, Junior League
Bob Rosing, President and CEO, Dwellworks
Jesse Ruiz, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Ryan S. Ruskin, President and COO, The Ruskin Group
Martha L. Sardinas, Independent Consultant, MSM Consulting International LLC
Vineet Saxena, Vice President, WCCO Belting, Inc.
Scott D. Pollock and Associates, P.C.                      
Mark Segal, President and CEO, The Habitat Company
Smita N. Shah, CEO, SPAAN Tech, Inc.
Michael Sharon, Attorney, Sharon and Kalnoki, LLC
Jordan Shields, Vice President, Juniper Advisory
Thomas D. Shorma, President & CEO, WCCO Belting, Inc.
James Sifuentes, Vice President, Mission and Community Development, Saint Anthony Hospital
Jacob Sitati, Managing Director, Maurice and Fischer
Carol Skornicka, Former Senior Vice President, Midwest AirGroup, Inc.
Will Snyder, System Director, Community Engagement, Presence Health
Theodore M. (Tim) Solso, Retired Chairman and CEO, Cummins, Inc.
Kimberley Stedman, Vice President, Citi Founder, F3 Events LLC
Monica Stevens, Director of Communications and Marketing, Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting
Christine Sukalski, Reiland Farms, LLP
Shankar Suryanarayanan, Director, Manufacturing Strategy, Baxter Heathcare Corporation
Mark I. Sutherland, President, Dunrobin Publishing
James Sweeney, President, Fargo Jet Center, Inc.
Pat Sweeney, President, Weather Modification, Inc.
Kelly M. Thompson, Senior Case Manager & Policy Research Lead, Webber Law Firm, LLC
Todd Thorpe, Principal, Bockorny Group
Leo Tomkow, CEO, @Home Projects Inc.
Michael Turansick, Partner, Fragomen, Del Ray, Bersen and Loewy, LLP
Charles Turnell, Owner, Tuca Harbor, Inc.
Bernardo Urdaneta, Corporate Planning, Senior Analyst Exelon
Ziyuan Wang, Holabird & Root
Randy White, Former Senior Vice President, The Nielsen Company
H. Randolph Williams, Partner, Williams & Baerson, LLC
Margaret W. Wong, Esq., Managing Partner and President, Margaret W. Wong & Associates
Amanda H. Young, President & Founder, Simplify Your Marketing
Paul L. Zulkie, Managing Principal, Zulkie Partners LLC


Moses Altsech, Marketing Department Chair and Associate Professor, Edgewood College
John L. Anderson, President, Illinois Institute of Technology
Xóchitl Bada, Associate Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, University of Illinois at Chicago
Douglas D. Baker, President, Northern Illinois University
Dean L. Bresciani, President, North Dakota State University
George C. Burke, International Education Consultant, Cleveland State University
Donna M. Carroll, President, Dominican University
Deborah Cohen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Missouri-St.Louis
Alexandra Filindra, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
David Fleshler, Associate Provost for International Affairs, Case Western Reserve University
Father Garanzini, President, Loyola University
Ana Gil Garcia, Professor, Northeastern Illinois University
Carl E. Gulbrandsen, Managing Director, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Dr. Jamie C. Hsu, Professor of Strategic Management, Lawrence Technological University
Sang S. Lee, Doctoral Candidate, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Marilyn J. Martin, Retired Educator
Michael Milkie, Superintendent,Noble Network of Charter Schools
Omobonike Odegbami, Vice Chancellor, International Programs and Global Partnerships, Wayne County Community College District
Ellen Rudnick, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship and Executive Director, Michael P. Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth
Eric P. Schwartz, Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Eva Serrano, Ed.D, Director, Latino Initiative, Aurora University 
Beverly S. Simone, President Emeritus, Madison Area Technical College
Claudia L. Suarez, Assistant Director of Recruitment, Ivy Tech Community College - Lafayette
Nate Thompson, Graduate School Researcher, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Noah Toly, Director, Urban Studies and Associate Professor, Wheaton College
Richard L. Torgerson, Retired President, Luther College
Maria de los Angeles Torres, Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies and Executive Director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, University of Illinois at Chicago
Mark Tranel, Director, Public Policy Research Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Julene Allen, Creative Director & Founder, Women for Action
Maria D. Amezcua, President, Mexican American Society
Roseanna Ander, Executive Director, University of Chicago Crime Lab
David B. Anderson, President and CEO, Great Lakes Regional Center, LLC
Nikhil Angelo, Chicago Organizer, Stand for Children Illinois
Anne Arnesen, Board Member, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families Foundation
Hector J. Arocha, President, WFA Latin Connection Team Members Network/St Louis Chapter
Alfredo Barreno, Hispanic Ministries Director, Wesleyan Church
Mary Pat Berry, Patient Advocate, Susan G Komen for the Cure
Fay Beydoun, Executive Director, American Arab Chamber of Commerce
Luanne Bole-Becker, Special Projects Director, Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland
Glenn R. Brown, Former President, Generations Foundation
Jonathan Broutin, President, Seagull Institute
Thomas Buell, Jr., Director, Marketing and Study Pittsburgh Initiative, Global Pittsburgh
Tony Burrell, Director & Minister, Chicagoland Immigrant Welcome Network
Mark J. Calaguas, Esq., Board Member, Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago, Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment
Maria Calderon, Vice President, Comisión Coordinadora Guatemalteca del Medio Oeste
Kitty Campbell, Executive Director,Leadership Lafayette
Diana Centeno-Gomez, Vice President, Latina, Inc.
Joseph W. Cole II, Executive Director, TIE Ohio
Jane Coleman, Retired Executive Director, Madison Community Foundation
Joyce Coffee, Managing Director, ND - Global Adaptation Index
Clarinda E. Crawford, Reverend, United Methodist Clergy
Richard A. Crepage, Advisory Council Member, Global Cleveland
Peter Creticos, President and Executive Director, Institute for Work and Family
Anna Crosslin, President and CEO, International Institute
Father Brendan Curran, Pastor, St. Pius V Parish
Cantor Michael Davis, Jewish Voice for Peace
John DeBlasio, Executive Director, GPD Charitable Trust
Michael Deheeger, Former Director, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC)
Tej Dhawan, Principal, StartupCity Des Moines
Shaun Duvall, Founder, Puentes
Claire Ernst, Office Manager, Farm Labor Organizing Committee
Ricardo Estrada, President and CEO, Metropolitan Family Services
Andrea L. Fox, Executive Director, Hanover Park Chamber of Commerce
Mitch Gainer, Organizing Catholics for Justice
Ami Gandhi, Executive Director, SAAPRI
Luis A. Gomez, President, Hispanic UMADADP
Peter Gonzales, President and CEO, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
Jeannette Grasselli Brown, Community Leader, Global Cleveland
Emily Gray, Executive Director, World Relief DuPage / Aurora
Jose Luis Gutierrez, Director for Transnational Affairs, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC)
Rodolfo Gutierrez, Executive Director, HACER
Joshua D. Hale, President and CEO, Big Shoulders Fund
Timothy Hankewich, Music Director, Orchestra Iowa
Barbara Hawkins, Consultant and Grant Writer 
Joanna Herbert, Vice President, Great Lakes Regional Center, LLC
Hassan Jaber, Executive Director, ACCESS
Alie Kabba, Executive Director, United African Organization
Andrea Kaminski, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin
Jared Keyel, Volunteer and Development Associate, Upwardly Global
Jae Choi Kim, President, Asian American Action Fund of Greater Chicago
Erik Kinnhammar, Manager of International Programs, Chicago Sister Cities International
Gail Kohl, Development Consultant, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Daniel M. Kowalski, Senior Fellow, Institute for Justice Journalism
Richard Lariviere, President and CEO, The Field Museum
Ngoan Le, Co-Chair, Illinois Human Services Commission
Kay Lipovsky, Office Director, World Relief
Charles Ashby Lewis, Chairman, Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation
Jo Ann Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church
Ernest Mahaffey, President, Center for Business, Education, Innovation, and Development
David G. Meissner, President, Retired Chairman, Public Policy Forum
Yanzi Mendez, Director of External Affairs, Illinois House of Representatives
Jorge Mujica, Organizador, Trabajadores Latinos, ARISE Chicago
Wilda Nilsesteun, Coordinator, Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program
Dawn M. Nothwehr, The Erica and Harry John Family Endowed Chair in Catholic Ethics, Catholic Theological Union
Tim Nowak, Executive Director, World Trade Center St. Louis
Peter O'Keefe, Co-Chair, World Refugee Day Chicago
Adam Olson, Advocacy Advisor, Oxfam America
James Pappachen, Chief of Staff, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin    
Maria Pesqueira, President and CEO, Mujeres Latinas en Accion
Bogdan Pukszta, Executive Director, Polish American Chamber of Commerce
Melanie G. Raney, CEO, The Hope of Wisconsin
Raul I. Raymundo, Chief Executive Officer, The Resurrection Project
Deb Reinhart, Development Manager, Professional Dairy Producers Foundation
Jose Rico, Senior Vice President for Community Impact, Senior United Way of Metro Chicago
Carlos Rinconeno, Immigrant Specialist, Catholic Charities
Maggie Rivera, National Treasurer, League of United Latin American Citizens
Meran Rogers, Director of Community Affairs, Global Cleveland
Mike Rolfes, Executive Director, Renew Chicago
Alejandra Ruales, Lending Associate, Accion Chicago
Carl Ruby, Executive Director, Bibles, Badges, and Business for Immigration Reform
Fanny Sampson Cohen, Board Member, American Jewish Committee
Alan Schonberg, Global Cleveland
Mridu Sekhar, Treasurer, Indo American Democratic Organization
Sophia Siskel, President & CEO, Chicago Botanic Garden
Dana Smith, Former President, Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
Angela Smith Jones, Director of Public Policy, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
Matt Soerens, Author, "Welcoming the Stranger: Justice Compassion, and Truth in the Immigration Debate"
Thomas P. Solheim, Founder and Former President, Madison Committee on Foreign Relations
Lazaro Arturo Spindola, Executive Director, The Nebraska Latino American Commission
Aruna Tailor, Immigration Law Project
Leslie Thomas, Executive Director and Creative Director, ART WORKS Projects
Athena Trentin, Executive Director, Global Talent Retention Initiative
Colin Tysoe, Immigration Team Lead, Northwest Suburban Organizing for Action (NWSOFA)
John Van Camp, President and CEO, Southwest Solutions
Carmen Velásquez, Founder and Retired Executive Director, Alivio Medical Center
Jane Villa, Community Volunteer, Foundation for Madison Public Schools
David C. Villa, Chief Investment Officer, State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Thomas J. Wahlrab, Principle Facilitator, Welcome Dayton
Larry Walker, Coordinator, Immigrant Bridges Email Network
Eric Weinheimer, President, The Cara Program
Eileen Wilson,  Director of Refugee Ministries, Building Hope in the City
Susana Wilson, LSW, LCAC, Aspire Indiana, Inc.
Alya Adamany Woods, Director for Innovation & Special Initiatives, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition
Maggie Woznicki, Programs Intern, Chicago Foundation for Women
Endy Zemenides, Executive Director, Hellenic American Leadership Council


Alianza Americas (formerly known as NALACC)
Canman Consulting       
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
Chicago Cultural Alliance            
Global Detroit
Greater Des Moines Partnership             
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of Chicago
Illinois Business Immigration Coalition                
Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce                              
Illinois Science & Technology Coalition               
Illinois Technology Association
Immigration Attorneys, LLP
IMPRINT: Immigrant Professional Integration
Latinos Progresando     
Michigan Economic Center        
Minnesota Business Immigration Coalition                
Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
National Association of Manufacturers

National Immigration Forum                     
Nebraska Coalition for Immigration Reform      
Organizing Catholics for Justice               
Polish American Association
Polish Cultural Institute, NFP
Professional Latino Action Network (PLAN)       
Small Business Majority
St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA)            
St. Louis Mosaic Project
The Lande Group
United African Organization      
Upwardly Global            
Vibrant Pittsburgh         


Raya Alchukr
Mirsad Alibasic
Laura C. Alonso 

Jagadish Annepu                            
Ranjana Bhargava
Edward J. Brady III 

Callie Bretthauer
Joyce Bromley 
Lisette Dennis                  
Leezia Dhalla
Kathy F. Gallo                   
Laura Garcia                      
Susan Gottlieb                 
Matthew J. Hauschild
Rebecca Hinrichs-Reynoso
Jon Horek​
Christina de Jong

Robert Knuti
Syvie Le Bouthillier
Fay Hartog Levin
Stephy Liu

Terry Lowman                  
Mary Susan Lyon                             
David McGraw Schuchman         
Sylvia Miga
José Ángel N.      
Kathleen Neelsen                 

Sadruddin Noorani                        
Chasse Rehwinkel
Ariel G. Ruiz Soto
Laura Sanchez

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