Our Team

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The Council for Global Immigration's staff brings a wide range of experience to bear for our members. Our team of experts stands ready to work with you and your organization to make the most of your membe​rship.

Lynn Shotwell, Executive Director​
Ms. Shotwell has served as Executive Director for the Council for Global Immigration since 2004.She began her career at the Council in 1996 as Legal Counsel and Director of Government Relations. Ms. Shotwell has served on steering committees and Boards of numerous organizations including the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange, Compete America, Multinational Employers for Working Spouses, and the Executive Working Group on Global Mobility Policies. She is a frequent lecturer on global mobility policies and practices and has testified before the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Bank, the International Organization on Migration and the Global Commission on International Migration. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Shotwell practiced immigration law at Arent Fo​x and worked in the human resources department at Oldsmobile. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University and a J.D. from University of Michigan.

Rebecca Peters, Director of Government Affairs
Ms. Peters has worked with the Council for Global Immigration in the Washington DC metro-area for close to ten years, helping to advance highly skilled visa reforms with the U.S. Congress, the White House and the federal agencies. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Compete America coalition, a leading advocate for reforming U.S. immigration policy for highly educated professionals and guarding against unreasonable enforcement mechanisms to critical visa programs. She also serves on other coalitions and working groups to advance immigration system efficiencies across borders and to ensure critical changes to employer immigration compliance are reasonable and well-balanced. She is a frequent speaker on issues of high skilled immigration reform and has been published in many trade journals.  She is viewed as an immigration policy expert both inside and outside the beltway. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Peters practiced immigration law at a Washington D.C.-based law firm and also served as an attorney in an honors program at the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, where she worked for Headquarters Policy and Counsel offices.  She also spent time representing the government in immigration court proceedings. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Gonzaga University and a J.D. and M.P.A. from Syracuse University's College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Mike Jackson, Manager, Exchange Visitor Programs
Mr. Jackson manages the Council for Global Immigration's J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, administers the intern and trainee programs sponsored under the Council' J-1 visa designation, and oversees marketing and membership activities on behalf of the Council. Prior to joining the Council, Mike was the University Relations Manager for the Association for International Practical Training (AIPT) and was the program manager in charge of operating the U.S. affiliate of the International Association for the Exchange Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) program. Previously, he served as the Communications and Outreach Officer at the Washington, DC-based Middle East Institute (MEI) and has also worked at the University of Southern California's School of International Relations and at Powell Tate | Weber Shandwick Public Affairs. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from The George Washington University and a Master's degree in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California.

Patricia Spetz, Manager, Member Relations
Ms. Spetz manages CFGI's membership team, and brings a wealth of experience and ideas for creating membership products and services.  Most recently, Patricia served as the Area Membership Manager for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC) where she managed a team of 9 staff who oversaw a membership of 17,000 girls and adult volunteers.   Her responsibilities included Member recruitment, onboarding and retention as well as Volunteer training and engagement.   Patricia has a Masters in International Development and Social Change from Clark University in Worcester, MA; A BA in Government with a Minor in Economics from the same University, Certificate of Not –for-Profit Management from Trinity University, and a Certificate of Volunteer Administration (CVA) from The Center for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA).She began her career as a Project Manager for Catholic Relief Service in the Dominican Republic overseeing economic strengthening and child-maternal health projects. Patricia was born in Lima, Peru, and has lived in the Unites States for over 25 years with her husband and three children.​​

Justin Storch, Manager, Agency Liaison​
Mr. Storch supports the Council for Global Immigration's Government Affairs team as Manager of Agency Liaison, responsible for working with federal immigration agencies to ensure employment-based immigration policies enable U.S. employers to build America's future workforce, grow the economy and create U.S. jobs.  Prior to joining the Council, Mr. Storch worked as an immigration paralegal at both Trow & Rahal, PC and Freilicher & Hoffman, PC. Mr. Storch has also spent time serving in the offices of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and U.S. Representative Jerry Costello (D-IL).  Mr. Storch received his JD from American University, where he worked as a student attorney in the university's Immigrant Justice Clinic. Mr. Storch also holds a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Andrew Yewdell, Global Immigration Specialist
Mr. Yewdell is a member of the Council for Global Immigration's Government Affairs Team and supports the Council's initiatives related to employment-based immigration policy at the international governmental level as well in trade agreements and countries outside the United States. Previously, he helped administer the Council's J-1 Exchange Visitor Program and assisted with global immigration research. Prior to joining the Council, Andrew developed and coordinated online international exchange programs and worked as an immigration paralegal. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Politics and a Certificate in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.

Susan Michelle Reyes, Executive Assistant​
Mrs. Reyes serves as the Executive Assistant to Lynn Shotwell, Executive Director.  Susan oversees management of employee policies and benefits and executes accounting procedures for member services. She also assists with the coordination of the Annual Symposium.   Susan serves as the board liaison and budget analyst, reviewing the financials on a monthly basis.  Prior to joining the Council for Global Immigration, Susan was the Administrative Assistant for the SHRM Foundation.   Susan has a combined 14 years working at the Society for Human Resource Management and has joined the Council with a working knowledge and willingness to support the Council in business relations with SHRM.  Susan holds an Associate of Arts degree from Northern Virginia Community College and continues to pursue her secondary education at Ashford University - Online.

Emily Campbell, SHRM-CP, Membership Communications & Events Specialist
Mrs. Campbell is responsible for our membership relations and social media efforts.  She drafts and posts relevant articles and other legislative information to the Council for Global Immigration's website.  She also tracks pertinent information as communicated by our Legislation and Agency Liaisons.  Emily covers meetings and conferences on the Council's behalf.  Prior to this promotion, she worked as Legislative Assistant with the Council.  Prior to joining the Council, Emily worked at a large business immigration law firm in various positions, and was an Executive Assistant to the managing partner of an energy regulatory law firm.  She received a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Mary Washington and a Master's in Human Resources from The University of Scranton.​

Olga Kolodina, Member Resource Specialist
Ms. Kolodina leads the development of relevant and timely immigration resources for CFGI members. She oversees the webinar program, website design and content, production of e-learning products, and various aspects of Symposium planning and marketing. She previously served as an Alternate Responsible Officer on CFGI’s J-1 Visa Program and was actively involved in advocacy on social media and on Capitol Hill. In addition to her in-depth expertise in J-1 regulations, she brings a wealth of experience designing and facilitating cross-cultural trainings, leadership and professional development workshops, and online courses. Prior to joining CFGI, Ms. Kolodina coordinated several U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs at World Learning, including Global UGRAD, FLEX and IYLEP.  Ms. Kolodina holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow and a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Northern Iowa.

Katie Rudolph, Coordinator, Exchange Visitor Programs - Compliance & Engagement
Mrs. Rudolph is the Coordinator, Exchange Visitor Programs - Compliance & Engagement, working with the Council's intern and trainee program participants and sponsor organizations. Previously, she was the Exchange Visitor Program Assistant.  Prior to the Council, she worked as the program manager at Alfred Friendly Press Partners, where for over seven years she was primarily responsible for the logistical operations of the J-1 trainee fellowship program. She also conducted social media outreach and assisted the executive director with development. From 2004-2005, Katie worked in the field of international education and study abroad at the International Student Exchange Program in Washington, DC. She earned her MA in European studies from Universiteit van Amsterdam and her BA in history from University of the South in Tennessee.

Brittany Haga, Exchange Visitor Programs Assistant​
Ms. Haga is an Exchange Visitor Program Assistant working with the Council intern and trainee programs. Prior to joining the Council, she worked at the Iowa Resource for International Service helping facilitate J-1 exchange programs for high school students from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  She had previously completed internships on Capitol Hill and for PASSOP in Cape Town, South Africa. Brittany received her B.A. in International Studies from American University.


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