SEASON 01 EPISODE 08
IMMIGRANTS - NOW IS THE TIME TO GET INVOLVED!
This episode features British Chinese American Jessamyn Shams-Lau and Mexican American Rita Mancera. Host and Producer, Porcia Chen Silverberg, speaks with Rita and Jessamyn about volunteerism, social justice, and increase immigrants' participation in the nonprofit sector.
Jessamyn Shams-Lau is a high school dropout turned MBA. Advocate for interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving, thoughtful risk taking, & bold ideas developed through patient, deliberate apprenticeship. Frustrated with status quo of philanthropy & trying to do something about it... Co-creator of Unicorns Unite--a book that says serious things about the dysfunction of the social sector through funny, cute ideas and illustrations.
Rita Mancera was born in Mexico City and grew up in Baja California Sur. Rita’s previous work in Mexico gave her a foundation for understanding poverty, inequality and immigration, and a taste for the results of collaboration among agencies. It has been her thirteen years of living in Pescadero and her relationships with local immigrant friends and neighbors that opened her eyes to poverty right next door to wealth, injustice in labor practices and challenges and opportunities of living in an isolated rural community such as the South Coast. Rita has been the Executive Director of Puente since January 2016.