Anna Marie Gallagher will join CLINIC as executive director effective Feb. 1, 2019. Gallagher’s selection was announced on Nov. 27 by Bishop Kevin J. Vann, chairman of CLINIC’s board of directors and head of the Diocese of Orange in California.
Gallagher comes to CLINIC from her current post as a shareholder and head of litigation practice at Maggio, Kattar, Nahajzer + Alexander, a Washington, D.C.-based firm focused on immigration and nationality law. An experienced litigator and immigration law expert, Gallagher has practiced in the field of immigration and refugee law in the United States, Central America and Europe over the course of her career. She has worked in private practice, the nonprofit sector and academia. Gallagher has authored numerous books and articles on migration and refugee practice and policy.
Gallagher said she is “so pleased to have been chosen to lead CLINIC, especially given the increased distress and uncertainty faced by so many of our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters. I am looking forward to working with the excellent CLINIC staff to strengthen our support for our affiliates during these challenging times.”
Gallagher will step into the position being vacated by Jeanne Atkinson, who has headed CLINIC since March 2013. Atkinson last August announced plans to step down in order to relocate to Italy alongside her husband. She will remain with CLINIC through the transition.
Atkinson was eager to welcome Gallagher to CLINIC, saying: “I have the utmost confidence in Anna’s ability to lead CLINIC. Her skills, knowledge, and leadership are exactly what CLINIC needs at this time and I am excited to see what the future holds under her direction.”
CLINIC’s staff members are grateful for Atkinson’s leadership over the past five years, as well as her steadfast support during the changeover. The organization flourished under her direction and she leaves it in good hands.