IMPRINT: Immigrant Professional Integration

WES Welcomes Veteran National Policy Advocate Jacki Esposito

From left, Jacki Esposito joined with Stacey Simon, senior director of strategic partnerships and policy at WES, Fatima Sanz, policy strategist, and Mike Zimmer, policy consultant.

Jacki Esposito is the new U.S. policy and advocacy director at WES Global Talent Bridge. In this role, Jacki also serves as director of the IMPRINT Coalition and is responsible for deepening WES’ alliances and advancing its U.S. policy agenda in support of immigrants and refugees.

Jacki continues the work of Stacey K. Simon, who as senior director of strategic partnerships and policy now oversees WES’ policy work and strategic partnerships.

“I am delighted to be joining World Education Services and working alongside our IMPRINT partners,” Jacki says. “Our job is to build momentum and accelerate progress on federal, state, and local policy reforms which seek to ensure that immigrants and refugees have every opportunity to succeed.”

Jacki has worked with non-profit advocacy groups and philanthropic organizations in the United States, Europe, and Canada. In the U.S., she led the immigration policy and advocacy efforts of both the New York Immigration Coalition and Detention Watch Network. She has been a media spokesperson on a broad array of immigration issues. She has served on the boards and steering committees of national and local organizations, including New Women New Yorkers, a non-profit organization that provides workforce development programming to empower immigrant women in their efforts to obtain meaningful employment or pursue higher education.

Jacki holds a bachelor’s degree in the administration of justice from Roger Williams University and a juris doctor from New York Law School. She practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and later served as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society.

“Under Jacki’s leadership, WES and IMPRINT will drive transformative change at the national, state, and local levels to re-envision a workforce development system that ensures equal access to high-quality jobs for the millions of immigrants and refugees in the U.S. workforce and moves the U.S. toward more inclusive economic growth,” says Paul Feltman, deputy executive director at WES and chair of IMPRINT. “We are thrilled that she’s come aboard at this critical time for all new Americans.”

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