Advisors & Ambassadors

Juan Davila

Juan is a Senior Vice President at Bank of the West working in their corporate group where he works in helping large corporate clients define their financing strategies. He has 30 years of experience in international Banking leading teams on diverse areas of Risk Management and was previously Chief Risk and Credit Officer for Santander.

Juan and his wife Susana are first generation immigrants and became US citizens in 2015. They recently moved with their 3 children to San Francisco after 10 lovely years in Boston where he was a Board member at Project Citizenship

He is a graduate of ICADE (Madrid) and Middlesex University (London) and a Harvard Business School Alumni.

Melanie Torres

Melanie currently works as Director of Community Engagement at ASG. Prior to her role at ASG, Melanie worked at Project Citizenship for over 6 years, ultimately serving as Deputy Director. Melanie holds a BA in International Relations from Boston University, and has served on the Commission for Immigrant Rights and Citizenship in the City of Cambridge. When she isn’t working, or training her puppy, Melanie can be found playing or watching soccer with friends and family.

Deva Hirsch

Deva Hirsch is an accomplished philanthropic and nonprofit professional with local, national and international leadership experience. Deva is the Executive Director of the Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation which is focused on bringing entrepreneurial vision and resources to support transformational change in communities.  She previously served as Executive Director of the Abraham & Phyllis Katz Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia; and as Vice President for Program at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.  Deva is the Founder and President Emeritus of Hands on Tokyo, a cross-cultural clearinghouse matching corporate and volunteer interests with community needs. She also serves on the Advisory Committees for the U.S.-Japan Council, GreenLight Fund Boston and on the JVS Client Services Committee. Deva has an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Nonprofit Management from Tufts University and a BA in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Georgia.

Bianca Jordan

Bianca Jordan is the founder and owner of Brazen Legal, an immigration law firm on a mission to help every eligible immigrant obtain legal status in the United States.

Prior to becoming an immigration lawyer, she served as a consultant to global companies and non-governmental organizations helping them develop socioeconomic strategies, social media marketing, and everything in between. As an attorney, she has used these skills and experience to assist women entrepreneurs in Haiti and Massachusetts with creating their small businesses on a solid foundation by drafting their contracts, registering their trademarks, and filing their corporate documents.

When she’s not busy fighting for her clients, she enjoys boxing, cooking, and educating people about their legal rights and options through social media

Nancy Moss

Nancy L. Moss is a communications professional with decades of experience in both profit and not-for-profit settings. She most recently served as communications director at edX, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard and MIT. Previously Nancy was head of the Boston office of RF|Binder Partners, a global New York-based communications consultancy, where she worked with corporate and nonprofit clients including CVS, Dunkin’ Brands, Staples and Microsoft. Before joining RF|Binder, Nancy was Director of Global Public Relations for Reebok International.

An accredited member, APR, of the Public Relations Society of America, Nancy has a B.A., with honors, from Simmons College and an M.A. from the University of Colorado.  Nancy has served as an adjunct faculty member at Boston University’s College of Communication.

O’Neil Outar

O’Neil A.A. Outar is a first-generation college student, educated in NY, NH, and MA. He holds a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts, both from Tufts University. As of 2018, O’Neil has served as Vice President of Institutional Engagement at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he has created innovative and successful fundraising advancements. O’Neil has extensive experience in the development and advancement field and has helped raise over $9 billion dollars for several institutions. Previous development positions have included Interim Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at the University of Pittsburgh, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Development for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, the first Vice President for Advancement at the University of Alberta, and several similar roles at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology in various campaigns and at his alma mater, Tufts University. In addition to these roles, he is also a special advisor to The Guyana Foundation, a trustee of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, a Commonwealth Study Conference Leader, a Ditchley Scholar, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Knowledge Advisory Group, an MIT Leader-to-Leader Fellow, and a former member of the Board of Directors for Project Citizenship – where he now serves as an advisor and ambassador to the organization.

Janet Rickershauser

Janet Rickershauser counsels nonprofit organizations on a broad array of governance and tax issues and works with individuals and families on charitable giving strategies such as creating a family foundation or making an endowment gift.
As an experienced estate and tax planning attorney, Janet counsels individuals and families on complex estate planning and charitable giving strategies, such as creating and administering family foundations, establishing charitable remainder trusts, and making endowment gifts.
Janet holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Brown University, and she speaks French and some Russian and Spanish. 

Simon Ringrose

Simon is an experienced financial services sales professional who became a US citizen in April 2017 and lives in Charlestown.   Simon has worked for the UN World Food Programme in China and for Reuters in London, Nicosia, and Boston.

Currently employed by Quant Insight, a UK-based financial data and analytics start-up, Simon worked previously at EPFR Global, a Cambridge-based financial data startup sold to Informa Plc. He has a deep interest in news, the investment process, and global markets.

Active in community affairs Simon volunteers weekly with St Marks US Citizenship classes and with East Boston’s Allies for Immigrants ESOL classes.  He is currently on the Vestry at St John’s Church, Charlestown and has taught children’s religious education classes there for 15 years.

Married with three children, Simon studied at Tufts, Beijing Normal University, and the London School of Economics.   In his free time he enjoys kayaking at Belle Isle and hiking in the New England outdoors.

Charles Sanders

Charles is a partner in Latham & Watkins Litigation Department. He has market-leading, first chair intellectual property litigation experience.  Formerly with Goodwin Procter’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, Charles focused on intellectual property matters with emphasis on patent litigation. He has represented clients in Asia, Europe and the United States as lead counsel in district courts throughout the United States and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. He has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and Boston magazines.  With a background in chemistry and physics, he has represented clients in a diverse range of technologies. Charles has also handled antitrust, false advertising, trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, and unfair competition claims. He is married with a daughter and an avid fan of baseball and basketball.  Charles is a frequent and dedicated pro bono volunteer for Project Citizenship.  He has volunteered at numerous workshops, and has provided many hours of pro bono service assisting citizenship applicants as well as a Board member.

Amy Wax

Amy M. Wax has her own practice and has been exclusively practicing immigration law since 2000.  She is on the Dedham Human Rights Commission and was adjunct clinical faculty for the Immigration Clinic at Boston College Law School for many years.  She is currently a committee chair in the Immigration Law Section of the Boston Bar Association.  Attorney Wax was the sole attorney at the Committee on Refugees from El Salvador for several years and also worked as a staff attorney at Catholic Charities.

Amy handles all types of immigration cases, including family-based petitions, consular processing, deportation, NACARA, asylum, naturalization and applications for relief for victims of domestic violence.  She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and frequently gives presentations to the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking communities.  She also has taught several years for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.  She holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Amy has been a dedicated pro bono attorney for Project Citizenship providing a Crimmigration training, lending her immigration expertise, and serving on the Board.

Myles Weisenberg

Myles Weisenberg was Vice President of Development at Brandeis University for nearly 20 years, overseeing a $1B Campaign. Prior to that he was President of The Miriam Hospital Foundation and first Executive Director of Development for Lifespan Hospitals in Rhode Island.  He is a consultant for Mystic Aquarium and volunteers at numerous not-for-profits.
He received his BA from Brandeis University and his MBA from Columbia University. He lives in Boston with his wife Marsha, daughter Jamie and their puppy,  Apollo.

Jim McGarry

Jim is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation Group who specializes in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on the defense of financial institutions in consumer class actions, enforcement actions and complex business litigation. As a member of this practice, Jim has defended against state and nationwide class actions and multi-district class actions around the country. His work has covered a wide variety of consumer class actions and government investigations facing the financial services industry, including banks and mortgage servicers in a host of challenges to mortgage servicing, fair lending and predatory lending practices and auto lenders in loan origination and servicing matters.  Jim is a member of the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, and has written and spoken on a variety of topics pertaining to financial services and class action litigation. He attended Seton Hall University where he obtained his B.A. in 1985 magna cum laude. He graduated from Rutgers School of Law in 1993 magna cum laude. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. Jim is married with two teenage daughters, both of whom have also volunteered for Project Citizenship.

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