Emily Gelbaum

Emily leads NPNA’s Training and Capacity Building Program to empower grassroots immigrant leaders and build organizational capacity within NPNA’s immigrant coalitions and labor union partners for immigrant and worker-led service delivery. Emily coordinates NPNA’s team of state-based Program Coordinators and Community Navigator Trainers across the country and develops and leads trainings to build the scaled implementation of Naturalization, DACA, Eligibility Screenings, and Deportation Defense services for hard to reach immigrant communities.

Previously, Emily worked with NPNA’s sister organization, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement through her role at the Center for Community Change, as a central campaign organizer in the national campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Administrative Relief. Emily has organized direct actions and trainings to develop the leadership of directly affected immigrant leaders and build organizing power in the fight for immigrant and racial justice. Originally from Southern California, Emily received a BA in Political Science and Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently based in Washington DC. You can reach her at


NPNA is harnessing the collective power and resources of the country’s 37 largest regional immigrant rights organizations in 30 states.

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