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.

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.

Denise Porche

Denise Porche has held leadership roles in philanthropy, social service provision, and community activism for more than two decades. Presently, Denise is Executive Director of the Island Foundation, which she has led since 2009. Under her leadership, the Island Foundation has increased its funding for equity and inclusion, basic needs, and educational and work opportunities for underserved populations. She also founded the Southeastern Massachusetts Food Security Network and the Women CEO’s Group.

Prior to joining the Island Foundation, Denise was a fellow at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, she worked on inclusion projects and immigration issues, and she was a member of the Harvard Diversity Working Group. And before that, Denise spent many years at Catholic Social Services directing the Office for Child Protection and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Denise holds an MSW from Boston University and a BA in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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. 

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.

Veronica Serrato

Veronica Serrato was the founding Executive Director of Project Citizenship.  Veronica has a long history in legal services, which includes her position as Senior Staff Attorney at the Volunteer Lawyers Project, where she was responsible for family and guardianship law; as a clinical instructor and later specialist consultant on domestic violence cases at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School; and as an attorney handling domestic violence issues at Casa Myrna Vazquez. Serrato also worked previously as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County. Serrato clerked for Chief Justice Hennessey at the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. She graduated from Boston University School of Law with a JD, cum laude, in 1988 and later taught legal writing, research, and oral advocacy at BU Law for seven years. At Harvard University, she completed her AB in government.   Veronica is the recipient of the 2013 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Top Women in Law Award, the 2015 Boston University School of Law Public Interest Attorney Award and the 2016 Boston University School of Law Victor G. Garo Public Service Award.  She is the 2017 Silver Shingle award from the Boston University School of Law for Service to the Community.  She received the Ohtli Award in 2018 from the Mexican government for her service to Mexican citizens.  She stepped down as Executive Director of Project Citizenship in July 2020 and now serves on the Board of the Clowes Foundation as well as on the Leadership Council of the Harvard Law School Legal Services Center.

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.

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