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Immigrant Integration in Northern New England

This project brings together funders, practitioners and community leaders to learn about the opportunities and implications of immigration and demographic change and to explore grant making opportunities in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. We publish educational materials about immigration integration practice in a variety of sectors including health, the workforce, education and economic well-being. We sponsor, design and organize free learning opportunities and briefings in partnership and consultation with local and regional funders, community-based leaders and national organizations. 

Fact sheets on immigration and demographic change in Northern New England:

Resources from October 20, 2016, meeting in Portland, Maine, Community-engaged Grantmaking: Putting Immigrant Integration Into Practice


On October 20, 2016, The Sillerman Center, in partnership with the Maine Health Access Foundation, the NH-based Endowment for Health, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), Maine Community Foundation, and Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, sponsored Community-Engaged Grantmaking: Putting Immigrant Integration into Practice. The event provided the opportunity for Northern New England Funders and Philanthropic Advisors to hear from and interact with local community leaders with the goal of informing grantmaking strategies for maximum integration. Case studies and national scale best practices were discussed to further understanding on the topic. This event was designed as a follow-up to the Funder’s Briefing on June 3, 2016.

On June 3, 2016, The Sillerman Center, in partnership with the NH-based Endowment for Health and the national organization, GCIR, sponsored Strategies for a Changing Northern New England: A Funders Briefing. The event brought together funders and community and non-profit leaders in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine to learn about demographic trends and explore opportunities and challenges related to growing cultural diversity.

Jessica SantosJessica Santos, PhD, Project Co-Director
Jessica is a researcher, consultant, and educator with expertise in social inequality, workforce development and diversity, refugee and immigrant integration, and innovation in health and human services.  She is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) at Brandeis University and an Associate Professor in the department of public health at Rivier University.  Prior to joining IASP, she worked at the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health and Refugee Affairs where she developed and managed projects to further health and equity in New Hampshire.  Jessica spent 10 years designing and implementing projects to improve the well-being of families and communities in New England and Latin America.  She worked with partners to secure millions of dollars in public and private funds for public health and economic inclusion in New Hampshire.  Her current work is focused on learning from the intersections of research and practice to reduce inequality and bring innovative policy and program solutions to scale. Jessica can be reached at

Cristina Aguilera SandovalCristina Aguilera Sandoval, Project Co-Director
Cristina is an advocate, trainer and consultant, with expertise in social movements and diversity-and-inclusion. Born in the US and raised in Venezuela, she spent the last decade inspiring others to take social and political action, building coalitions to pass legislations, connecting individuals to opportunities and information and integrating leaders that are making communities more welcoming. She currently works as a consultant with the immigrant integration projects of the Sillerman Center for Philanthropy at Brandeis University, the Endowment for Health and the New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees (NHAIR). She co-founded Venezuelan Women in Action, launching this fall, to raise international awareness about the political violence Venezuelan women are facing and she manages operations at her husband's immigration and human rights law firm,the Law Offices of Julio Henríquez. Cristina worked for six years at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), where she rose to become Director of Organizing. Before joining MIRA, she worked with the labor movement across the United States and abroad. Cristina was an undergraduate at Venezuela’s Universidad de Carabobo and graduated with a Master’s in Public Administration from the LKY School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.  She can be reached at

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