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David Lubell

Welcoming America
Executive Director/ Founder
David Lubell is the founder of Welcoming America and has been Executive Director since October of 2009. Welcoming America is a national, grassroots-driven collaborative working to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns. Welcoming America is currently supporting initiatives in 20 states, and is the only national non-profit in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to engaging immigrant receiving communities around local immigrant population growth.David is former Executive Director and founder of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC). TIRRC is now considered a model for emerging immigrant’s rights coalitions forming across the U.S., and was named “Advocacy Affiliate of the Year” in 2008 by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest Latino civil rights organization in the U.S. While at TIRRC, David helped found Welcoming Tennessee, the model for all subsequent Welcoming projects. Welcoming Tennessee won the E Pluribus Unum award for outstanding immigrant integration initiatives in 2009, and was the subject of the documentary “Welcome to Shelbyville” which aired nationally on PBS in 2011. Before TIRRC, David was Advocacy and Organizing Director of Latino Memphis, a non-profit in Memphis, where he helped lead a successful organizing campaign to increase access to healthcare for Memphis’ growing LEP (Limited English Proficient) population.David received a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Reynolds Social Entrepreneurship Fellow. David also has a B.A. in history from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and received a Certificate in non-profit management from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. David is a recipient of the prestigious Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship, the Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship as well as the Cornerstone Social Justice award from Jewish Funds for Social Justice and the Community Change-Champion Award from the Center for Community Change. David is based in Decatur, GA, just outside Atlanta.

My Ashoka Fellows Sessions

Thursday, May 30

6:30pm EDT