Peter Pedemonti, Director
Blanca Pacheco is from Ecuador and has been living in the U.S. for over 10 years. She is a passionate community organizer and has been working with the immigrant community since 2006, first as the Program Coordinator at Open Borders Project, teaching computer classes. She helped create the Know Your Rights trainings for immigrants and the Storytelling Project. She was honored with the 2010 Bread and Roses Emerging Leader Award. In March 2012, Blanca graduated New Sanctuary Movement's New Leadership School. In June 2012, Blanca completed a Training for Social Action Trainers hosted by Training for Change.
Email: Blanca [at] sanctuaryphiladelphia [dot] org.
Nicole Scharf Kligerman,
Nicole Kligerman is a fifth-generation Philadelphian who has worked with immigrant communities since 2006. Nicole became passionate about immigrant justice after volunteering on the U.S.-Mexico border and conducting research in Bolivia and Ecuador on social movements that oppose natural resource privatization. She has worked as an English teacher to immigrants and refugees, labor organizer, and Spanish interpreter and translator. In 2010-2011, Nicole served as the Philly Fellow and Refugee Housing Coordinator at HIAS Pennsylvania. In 2013, she was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award by the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia's Walking the Walk program. Nicole graduated from Macalester College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and Political Science.