Michael joined CAIR Coalition in 2014. He is responsible for the oversight of the screening, placement, and mentoring of pro bono cases with members of the private bar. Michael serves as the CAIR Coalition liaison to law firms and the broader non-profit community, as well as directly represents children in removal proceedings. Michael also oversees all aspects of CAIR Coalition's operations.
Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Michael was a senior associate at Paul Hastings where he focused on environmental matters and served as the Pro Bono Coordinator for the firm’s DC Office. In addition to his commercial portfolio and pro bono responsibilities, Michael worked on many direct representation matters for pro bono clients, including immigration, non-profit governance, landlord/tenant, and contract matters. Michael received his J.D. from Hofstra School of Law.
Bryn graduated from Whitworth University in May 2020, with a B.A. in English Literature & Writing, with a minor in Editing & Publishing. She joined CAIR Coalition in September 2020 as the development intern, transferred into the role of development assistant in January 2021, and is thrilled to be joining this team of wonderful people full-time, as development officer. Bryn has previously worked in development with Tahirih Justice Center and the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Human Resources Associate
Elisa Lasater is currently serving Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition as the Human Resources Associate.
Before her work at CAIR Coalition, Lasater graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and a focus on Human Resource Management. During her undergraduate years, she led multiple national organizations including Alpha Delta Pi and the Society of Excellence in Human Resources.
Itzel is currently the HR and Operations Manager at Capital Area Immigrants Rights (CAIR) Coalition, where she provides support to the Finance, HR, and Operations departments.
Before her time at CAIR Coalition, Itzel worked as a Program Associate with the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) and at Independent Sector as the Operations Associate. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University and is a member of the American Associate of University Women, the National Organization for Victim Assistance, and the National Crime Prevention Association.
Jennifer E. Grishkin, Esq.
Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney
Jennifer Grishkin joined CAIR Coalition in May 2019 as Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney. Before joining CAIR Coalition, she was a research associate with Migration Policy Institute, where her work focused on the impacts of U.S. immigration policy and enforcement trends upon children and families. Jennifer also volunteered for several years with Hogar Immigrant Services to provide direct legal services to immigrants, including unaccompanied children, in humanitarian immigration matters.
Before working in the field of immigration law and policy, Jennifer was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and a litigation associate with the DC-based law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. She began her career as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Jennifer holds a JD from Yale Law School and a BA in sociology from Wake Forest University.
Volunteer & Development Associate
Naomi Turner joined CAIR Coalition in 2019 as a member of CAIR Coalition's Operations Team. Now, in conjunction with our Volunteers and the Development Team, she works to support CAIR Coalition's Volunteer Program and Development Operations.
Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Naomi worked as a Senior Staff Coordinator for the Center for Race, Equity and Identity at Goucher College. Prior to that, she worked as a Program Aide at Hamlin Robinson School in Seattle WA, supporting students with Dyslexia. Naomi has earned a B.A. in Religion and Sociology with a minor in Political Science from Goucher College in Baltimore MD.
Data Entry Specialist
Development and Grants Manager
Sarah joined CAIR Coalition in 2018. She is responsible for supporting donor relations and outreach. Sarah assists with writing grants, planning and organizing events, and coordinating CAIR Coalition communications, including across our social media platforms.
Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Sarah facilitated cultural orientation courses for newly resettled refugees in an intern position for Church World Service. She then worked as a government and global trade paralegal in Washington, DC. Sarah has a master's degree in International Migration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Abegail joined the CAIR team in July 2021 as the Development Director after 15 years at distinguished nonprofits. In this role, she leads the development and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising and donor communications strategy for annual giving, major gifts, grants, and special events.
Prior to CAIR, she was a member of the inaugural development team at the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), established after the $20 million viral Facebook fundraiser in 2018. In her role as the Director of Major Gifts for the Eastern Region and most recently as the Director of Principal Gifts, she stewarded and cultivated relationships with individual donors, family foundations, and advisors in an effort to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization.
During her tenure as the Senior Associate Director of Annual Giving at Colby College, She implemented new initiatives to increase alumni participation and revenue in support of the $750 million “Dare Northward” campaign. She also served as the Director of Individual Giving at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) in Maine, revitalizing the museum’s individual giving programs, mobilizing volunteers, and contributing to the completion of PMA’s $15 million “Focused Endowment Initiative.” She gained expertise in nonprofit and arts administration through progressive roles within the development departments at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and The Music Center, one of the largest performing arts venues in the country.
Abegail emigrated with her family from the Philippines to the United States at the age of 10. A California transplant, she earned her B.A. in Anthropology from St. Mary’s College of California and is currently pursuing a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) certification from The American College of Financial Services.