The Commission on Refugee and Immigrant Affairs is meant to serve as an advisory board to the legislative and executive branches of Pierce County government. This will be on matters of importance to the refugee and immigrant communities in Pierce County related to employment, economic development, public health, student achievement, citizenship, public safety, criminal justice, civic engagement, language access, and protection of civil rights.
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.
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
Odette D'Aniello, 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
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.