Refugee and Immigrant Affairs

Refugee and Immigration Affairs

The Commission on Refugee and Immigrant Affairs serves all Pierce County residents and acts as an  advisory board to the legislative and executive branches of Pierce County government. The Commission studies and makes recommendations on matters of importance to the refugee and immigrant communities in Pierce County related to employment, public health, civic engagement, economic development, citizenship, student achievement, public safety, criminal justice, language access, and protection of civil rights. 

We're currently recruiting for a member to represent Pierce County Council District #5!

Board Members
  1. Membership


The membership of the Commission on Refugee and Immigrant Affairs will consist of 9 voting members; 

  • 1 member from each of the 7 Pierce County Council Districts
  • 2 At large members

No more than 4 members may be from any single municipal jurisdiction and at least one member shall be a youth or young adult member under the age of 25 at the time of appointment. All members shall be residents of Pierce County and demonstrate experience or expertise with the refugee and immigrant issues. A majority of members shall be refugees or immigrants.

Commission Members

  • Gloria Rodriguez, Representing Council District 1
  • Diana Bullen, Representing Council District 2
  • Erasmo Ruiz, Representing Council District 3
  • Jennifer Li Dotson, Representing Council District 4
  • Vacant, Representing Council District 5
  • Alice Fong, Representing Council District 6
  • Lara Cooper, Representing Council District 7
  • Thierry Ruboneka, At-Large Member
  • George Conzuelo, At-Large Member, Representing Youth
Meeting Schedule

The Commission on Refugee and Immigrant Affairs (CRIA) shall hold no less than six regular meetings per year. 

The CRIA will meet on the first Mondays of the month from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., via Zoom or at 3602 Pacific Avenue, Suite 200, Muckleshoot Conference Room. 

If you would like to attend a Commission meeting and require an interpreter, please contact Commission support staff member Stefanie Love, at 253.778.5124, or [email protected]  PLEASE NOTE: All interpreter requests should be submitted to Stefanie Love no later than one week before the Commission meeting, so that there is ample time to hire an interpreter. Also, please advise whether you will be attending the Commission meeting virtually or in-person. 

Recording of 2/6/23 Commission Meeting

Recording of 3/6/23 Commission Meeting

Join meeting here

Agendas & Minutes
  1. Meeting Materials

Ordinance 2021-86

Contact Us

Stefanie Love at 253-778-5124
or [email protected]