Our Team


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 CFGI's J-1 visa designation.  Prior to joining CFGI in 2011, 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.

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.

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.

Ms. Guy supports the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. Prior to joining CFGI, Kathleen worked at the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, a component of the Department of Homeland Security, where she assisted clients with their pending immigration applications. She spent some time at the US Capitol Building as a Visitor Assistant and has extensive experience in customer service. Before that, Kathleen served the George Washington University’s (GWU) International Services Office in processing F-1 and J-1 student visas. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from GWU. 

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