October 4, 2018
Koya partnered with the Heising-Simons Foundation on their search for a Human Rights Program Director. Following a comprehensive search led by Molly Brennan, the Heising-Simons Foundation Board and leadership appointed Angie Junck.
Angie comes to the Foundation with expertise in immigration and criminal law and policy, as well as deep nonprofit experience, most recently serving as the supervising attorney and director of immigrant defense programs at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), one of the Foundation’s grantee partners and an organization she has been with for more than 13 years.
Angie’s experience addressing the plight of individuals and communities caught in the crosshairs of the immigration and criminal justice systems will be critical, as she joins the Foundation’s experienced human rights team of Peggy Chang, Justine Choy, and Chhandasi Pandya Patel in the program’s work toward achieving a more just world where people are equally valued regardless of gender, race, class, or citizenship.
At ILRC, Angie led the state and federal policy agenda and programs on crim-imm, immigration enforcement, and immigrant youth. She incubated and led multi-issue collaboratives and campaigns, engaging a variety of partners and resulting in state and local models and policies that address criminalization, incarceration, and deportation. Under her leadership, she strengthened the capacity of many organizations and grew the program’s budget tenfold. She will guide the Human Rights program at the Foundation as it expands in the coming years.
A thoughtful and passionate leader in the field of human rights, she served on the American Bar Association’s Immigration Commission for six years, and currently serves as co-chair on the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section’s Immigration Committee, and as an advisory member for a number of organizations and networks, including the California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice, Center for Immigration and Child Welfare, and California Coalition for Women Prisoners.
Angie earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where she majored in rhetoric and Spanish.