Our Board

Representing all secto​rs of employment-based immigration, from Fortune 500 companies to top research firms and universities to specialized legal practices, the CFGI Board provides leadership and strategic oversight of all we do.​

(Photo of CFGI Board with Executive Director Lynn Shotwell)


​​​​Austin T. Fragomen, Jr., Chair
Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
Mr. Fragomen served as Staff Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and International Law from 1968 to 1970. Mr. Fragomen is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Migration Studies; on the Editorial Board of the International Migration Review; Chairman of the Practising Law Institute's Annual Immigration Institute; and Member, University Council, Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Fragomen is Chairman of the Board for the firm's executive committee. He received a B.S. from Georgetown University in 1965 and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1968.

Steven L. Brown, Chair-Elect
Senior Director, Talent Mobility, Nike
Steve's team is developing Nike's Talent Mobility strategy in support of the company's broader Human Capital agenda. His team also manages Nike's expatriate assignments with a fully integrated service model which includes immigration, relocation, tax, and mobility policy. Steve has 25 years experience in in a variety of HR and finance disciplines including talent planning, expatriate management, immigration, tax, total rewards, and accounting. Before joining Nike in 2016, Steve spent 19 years at Accenture in a variety of roles focused on talent mobility. Steve has also worked at Novell and at Ernst & Young.  Steve holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California and Masters degrees in Business Administration and Accounting from Northeastern University, Boston.

Peter T. Schiron, Jr., Secretary/Treasurer
Assistant General Counsel for Deloitte LLP
Peter oversees Deloitte's U.S. and global immigration compliance programs by guiding leadership and management teams in formulating U.S. and global immigration policies and best practices that ensure compliance with immigration laws and promote the success of Deloitte's business models.  Additionally, Mr. Schiron co-leads Deloitte's advocacy and legislative agenda in Washington, D.C. for passage of high-skilled immigration legislation and regularly engages with U.S. immigration regulators to promote consistent, predictable and fair interpretation of immigration laws, regulations, rules and policies.  As Deloitte's immigration advisor and subject matter expert, he assists in the drafting and implementation of U.S. and global public policy positions in the field of professional global mobility.  Mr. Schiron received his law degree from William and Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, VA, and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. He is a frequent speaker on topics relating to business immigration and global workforce compliance practices.


Ayesha C. Blackwell, Esq.
Sr. Manager, Immigration, Amazon.com, Inc.
Ms. Blackwell is experienced in all aspects of employer-sponsored immigration law. Prior to joining Amazon.com, Inc., Ms. Blackwell was Counsel for Bristol-Myers Squibb where she headed the Immigration Department. She began her career in immigration as an Associate for Epstein, Becker and Green PC in New York. She holds a J.D. Degree from Rutgers School of Law, Camden, NJ and a B.A. from Rutgers College/Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

James D. Brailer, J.D.
Assistant Provost for Intern​​ational Student and Scholar Services, Johns Hopkins University
Mr. Brailer joined Johns Hopkins University in April 2013 to become the university’s first Assistant Provost for International Student and Scholar Services. Prior to Hopkins, he served as Executive Director of the Center for Global Education Services (CGES) at Arizona State University (ASU). He began his career in the Office of International Education at The Ohio State University and was last there as Assistant Director for International Scholars. He has worked in the field of international education for nearly 25 years and has presented numerous sessions and workshops at national and regional professional conferences. Mr. Brailer is committed to the success of all international students and scholars by providing excellent services and programming, and he possesses a depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise in relation to U.S. immigration regulations and practices. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ohio State and a J.D. from Capital University Law School.​

J. Robert (Bob) Carr, J.D., SHRM-SCP
Senior Vice President, Membership & External Affairs, Society for Human Resource Management
Mr. Carr oversees SHRM's Membership, Marketing, and External Affairs activities. He is responsible for the development and execution of a communications strategy that will build SHRM's brand reputation and influence globally.Bob received a B.A. in economics from Morehouse College, a J.D. from Columbia University Law School and an LLM (Master of Laws) degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Robin Catmur
Director of Immigration Services, Office of International Education, University of Georgia
In her current position at UGA, Ms. Catmur manages all permanent residency work for UGA and supervises eight colleagues who process immigration sponsorships for over 3,000 international students, scholars, faculty and staff at UGA. She has held numerous volunteer positions for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, including regulatory ombudsperson and Chair of the International Student Sub-committee. She also serves as a trainer for NAFSA and presents workshops pertaining to nonimmigrant and immigrant visa sponsorships, and management development.

Rico Fontana
Director, Global Mobility, Fluor Enterprises Inc.
Responsible for the Global Mobility program, Mr. Fontana directs and manages Fluor's Immigration, Relocation and Expatriate Tax engagements. A native of Switzerland, he expatriated to New York in 1996 and has firsthand experience going through various stages of the U.S. immigration system. He has over 15 years of immigration experience, as Visa Officer at the Swiss Consulate in NYC, in various roles at a leading global immigration law firm, and now as a corporate subject matter expert.

Henry G. Jackson, CPA
President & Chief Executive Officer, Society for Human Resource Management
Mr. Jackson is the president and CEO for the Society for Human Resource Management, the world's largest association devoted to the human resource profession. Prior to this he served as the Society's interim president and CEO, and before that he was Chief Global Finance and Business Affairs Officer.  Hank came to SHRM from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was senior vice president/chief financial officer and treasurer of the university.   Before joining Howard University, Hank worked in public accounting with Hurdman Main and KMPG as senior auditor and a computer audit specialist.  Hank earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Stonehill College in Massachusetts. 

Shelly James
AMS Global Employee Mobility Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Ms. James leads an organization of internal employees and external suppliers that support the business strategy by providing competitive, valued and quality Mobility and Immigration solutions while maintaining compliance and ensuring an exceptional personal experience to Hewlett Packard Enterprise employees. Ms. James attended American Intercontinental University where she graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in International Business.

Michael Rosenfeld
Assistant General Counsel, The Walt Disney Company
Mr. Rosenfeld specializes in immigration, labor and employment law. He serves on several boards of directors, including the Council for Global Immigration, The Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans and Contract Services Administration Trust fund. He earned a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Whittier Law School.

Sunday Rubenstein, CRP, GMS-T, GPHR, SHRM-SCP
Associate Director, Visa and Immigration, Ernst & Young LLP
Sunday is responsible for the internal operations providing consultative immigration services to US practice offices, business leadership, resources management and recruiting regarding immigration strategies for the employment of foreign nationals working in the US. She developed and implemented an International Travel Compliance Policy that supported 12,000 business t​ravelers' trips which are evaluated for compliance with local immigration and tax regulations. She has also managed a team that supported an expatriate population of 300. Sunday has worked at EY for 23 years including 15 years in Immigration and Global Mobility and 8 years in Partnership Retirement Benefits. She holds a B.S. in Accounting and International Business from The Ohio State University.

Jennifer Shapiro
Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Jennifer directs and manages the US immigration function for JPMorgan Chase & Co.   Prior to joining the bank in 2010, Jennifer worked in private practice, concentrating exclusively in the field of immigration law since 1997.  She holds a JD from DePaul University and a BA in English from the University of Chicago.​

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