Aileen Dibra

Occupation:

Recently appointed as the national coordinator for the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC).

Tell us about your Irish heritage.

“I am American born in New York, but have ties to Ireland on both sides of my family.  My mother's family was from Roscommon and Tipperary, and my father's family haled from Fermanagh, Leitrim and Galway.  I had the opportunity to spend some time in Dublin myself.”

Tell us about your previous work with non-profits.

“I have been working in the non-profit world for more than a decade.  I began my career working in the New York City child welfare system as a foster care worker.  I subsequently worked on staff and as a consultant in several local and national non-profits doing program management and development.”

What is your new role with the CIIC?

“I am thrilled to have been appointed as the national coordinator for the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers, and I feel that my past professional experience has prepared me for my role at the CIIC.  As the national coordinator, I have begun working with the CIIC National Board of Directors and member centers to promote the mission of the coalition, which is to represent immigrant organizations throughout the United States that are committed to providing services to Irish immigrants.”

How many Irish immigration centers are there in the U.S. and what kind of services do they provide?     

“There are currently 11 Irish Immigration member centers associated with the CIIC.  Each center provides a variety of services to Irish immigrants, as well as immigrants of other nationalities, who seek their assistance.  These services include, but are not limited to, immigration, citizenship, employment, programs for seniors, counseling, substance abuse, outreach, housing and returning to Ireland.  Most importantly, these services are provided by center staff in a safe, friendly, confidential and professional atmosphere.”

What are the key areas you will be focusing on in your new role?

“I will be working to promote the mission of the CIIC.  My goal is to use my skill set to promote collaboration and communication between the CIIC and its member organizations to benefit the immigrant populations we all serve.”