Our Staff

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Peter Pedemonti, Director

has a house of hospitality for immigrants and refugees. During this time he co-founded
New Sanctuary Movement of Philadlephia and now serves as co-coordinator.
Peter Pedemonti is the co-founder and Director of New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia (NSM). First generation US citizen, Peter is the child of English and Italian immigrants.  Peter moved to Philadelphia to live and work with the House of Grace Catholic Worker, a faith-based intentional community that operates a free medical clinic, works for social justice, and has a house of hospitality for immigrants and refugees.  Before coming to Philadelphia, he was the Director of Public Education and Outreach in Central NY for Citizens Campaign for the Environment.  Peter graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.
Email: Peter [at] sanctuaryphiladephia [dot] org. 
  Blanca Pacheco,  IMG 2701

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, 544913 591937554149688 1154527354 n

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.



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