Big Ideas Webinar: New York City’s Blueprints for Immigrant Integration Success

March 25, 2014

Astrid ZiebarthFatima Shama 200 Welcoming Cities and Counties  This Welcoming Cities and Counties webinar is co-hosted by Welcoming America.

For the City of New York, serving immigrants is about smart policy-making, innovative responses to community needs, and cross-agency programming that better support immigrant New Yorkers. Its Blueprints for Immigrant Integration are designed to help other local governments “eliminate the mystery” of serving immigrant residents by providing step-by-step guidance on effective local policies and practices that help immigrants succeed.

Join Fatima Shama, former Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, for a conversation about why cities around the world are taking the lead on immigrant integration and how New York’s “Blueprints” for immigrant integration success can help.  Joining the conversation will be Astrid Ziebarth, Director of Migration & Society at the German Marshall Fund in Berlin.

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Fatima Shama 200Fatima Shama
former Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

Fatima Shama recently became the Vice President of Strategic Development and External Affairs at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York’s leading hospital and medical center. Prior to joining MMC, Fatima served as Commissioner for the NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg leading the City’s Office of Immigrant Affairs from 2009 through the end of 2013. Fatima joined the Mayor’s Office in 2006 to lead a special initiative in public health on health literacy and language access and then joined Deputy Mayor (then Chancellor) Dennis Walcott’s team as his senior advisor on education.

Fatima is a nationally recognized expert on municipal solutions for immigrant integration making NYC a model, and helping local, state and national governments around the world. Fatima has twenty years of experience in the public sector, working in the fields of policy and advocacy in education, public health, workforce development, economic development and health and human rights. She has a BA from Binghamton University, SUNY, attended Temple Law School in Philadelphia, and has a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs Executive Program.

Astrid ZiebarthAstrid Ziebarth
Director, Migration & Society, German Marshall Fund

Astrid Ziebarth is the Director of Migration & Society and is based in the German Marshall Fund’s Berlin office. She coordinates the program development in the areas of research, networking, and leadership development in immigration, integration, and diversity. She is overseeing the three signature projects of the program: 1) the Migration Strategy Group on Global Competitiveness, a high level platform for key stakeholders to exchange on designing coherent policies for the recruitment of talent also considering the development of the sending country, 2) Transatlantic Trends Immigration (TTI), a public opinion poll on migration and integration in Europe and the United States, and 3) the Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration (TFMI), a young leaders network for professionals working on immigration, integration and diversity matters. In the past, she coordinated GMF’s grantmaking initiative, the Transatlantic Study Team on Climate Induced Migration from 2009-2011.

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