Cindy Hallberlin, J.D.
A first-generation American, Cindy is a senior executive and attorney with more than 30 years of experience developing and delivering innovative solutions to organizational challenges in complex private and public organizations. She has also been recognized for managing high performing teams that consistently create groundbreaking results. Cindy currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Easter Seals Disability Services serving Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Prior to joining Easter Seals, Cindy was President and CEO of Good360. During her six year tenure, she was responsible for donating more than 2 billion dollars’ worth of products to thousands of nonprofits and schools around the world. Under her leadership, the organization won a coveted $850,000 prize for sustainability in Verizon’s Powerful Answers competition, was ranked by Forbes as one of the Top 10 most efficient charities and won the Director’s Award from the Committee for the Encouragement of Corporate Philanthropy. She has also served as Chief Ethics, Diversity and Accountability Officer for U.S. Foodservice and was Employment Counsel and Ethics Officer at Giant Food of Maryland. Cindy holds a JD from Antioch School of Law and a BS in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Lindsay Muir Harris, Esq.
BOARD vice CHAIR
Lindsay is an an Assistant Professor of law at the University of D.C.'s David A. Clarke School of Law and Co-Director of the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. Prior to this, Lindsay was a Legal Fellow with the American Immigration Council focused on ending family detention. Previously, Lindsay was a Clinical Teaching Fellow and Supervising Attorney at Georgetown Law's asylum clinic. Following her Ninth Circuit Clerkship, Lindsay established and led the African Women’s Empowerment Project at the Tahirih Justice Center, providing legal services to African immigrant women fleeing gender-based violence. She also developed and taught the Refugee Law course at George Mason University School of Law. Lindsay is an expert on post-grant issues facing asylees and has published on the use of country conditions experts in gender-based asylum cases, gender-based asylum claims in South Africa, and on gang-related asylum claims in the U.S. Lindsay serves on AILA's National Asylum & Refugee Committee, as well as various local DC committees. Lindsay received her J.D. from Berkeley Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif, and served on the editorial staff of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. For her work in Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Clinic and with the East Bay Community Law Center, Lindsay was awarded the 2009 Sax Prize for Excellence in Clinical Advocacy. Lindsay is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Olivier Poirot was previously CEO of Le Duff America Inc., the Dallas-based subsidiary of Groupe Le Duff, the world leader in the bakery-cafe segment with nearly 1,700 locations across five continents and 80 countries. His focus was to grow the Le Duff America brands, including la Madeleine, Bruegger’s Bagels, Brioche Doree and Mimi’s Café. Prior to joining Le Duff, Poirot served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sodexo North America, a $9.5 billion division of Sodexo SA, the world leader in quality of life services, which operates in 80 countries and serves 75 million consumers each day in areas ranging from construction to child care to wellness and nutrition. During his tenure from 2011-2016, he oversaw finance functions for the company’s six operating segments in North America. Olivier is also the former CEO of Accor North America (ANA), Motel 6 and Studio 6, overseeing ANA’s operations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Earlier in his career, Poirot was Finance Director (CFO) of Accor UK Ltd., in charge of finance, IT, procurement and legal for Accor hotels in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and previously, founded and managed a consultancy firm in France. Poirot is a Graduate from Sup de Co La Rochelle, a business school located in France.
TIFFANY LUng, MBA
Tiffany Lung is a marketing and branding expert. She is currently on the brand strategy team for flagship credit cards at Capital One. Previously, Tiffany managed multi-million dollar iconic brands at Mondelez International. She earned her Masters in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Tiffany is a first-generation American and the grandchild of Chinese refugees. She is passionate about raising awareness for asylum seekers and ASAP's mission.
TY Cobb, J.D.
Ty Cobb serves as the global department director at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), where he leads groundbreaking programs and campaigns to advance and protect the human rights of LGBTQ people around the world. Previously, Ty served as Senior Legislative Counsel at HRC, where he focused on advocacy related to a portfolio of federal issues, including the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the passage of an LGBTQ-inclusive Violence Against Women Act. He joined HRC after serving as counsel to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee of the U.S. Senate, where he worked on passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009. He has two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He is a member of the Truman National Security Project.
Pablo Tercero-Alvarado, mBA
Pablo is a business executive with over ten years of experience improving operational practices and developing talent. He currently serves as Senior Vice President at Language Services Associates, a global leader in interpretation and translation services. Pablo grew up in Guatemala where her obtained his Masters in Business Administration through a joint program between Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and Texas A&M. When Pablo moved to the U.S. in 2009, he benefited from the services of a nonprofit that served new immigrants. He is now a naturalized U.S. citizen and eager to help further ASAP’s mission.
fatima akhtar, mba
Fatima Akhtar is digital transformation leader with 15 years experience in driving organizational transformation, innovation, and operational excellence through digital solutions. Her specialties include business development, strategic communications, and design thinking. Fatima currently works at IBM Global Business Services providing consulting services to lead federal government clients. Fatima received her MBA from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She lives in the D.C. metro area with her husband and three kids.
SUSAN KLAVENS HUTNER, J.D.
Susan is an attorney with over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors, with an expertise in international economic sanctions. She has worked extensively with non-profit organizations providing a wide range of services in countries subject to U.S. and U.N. sanctions. While in private practice, she served various non-profits as pro bono counsel. Susan graduated from Tufts University, received her J.D. from the George Washington University where she was a member of the Law Review, and earned an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Anam Rahman, Esq.
Anam is a Senior Associate at the law firm Calderón Seguin PLC and an Adjunct Professor at Law at Georgetown Law School. Her immigration practice covers a broad array of matters but primarily consists of direct representation of asylum-seekers at affirmative, defensive, and appellate stages. As an immigration attorney and immigrant herself, Anam has first-hand experience with the obstacles and struggles of asylum-seekers that drives her passion for ASAP’s mission. She received her law degree from The George Washington University Law School, and her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from The George Washington University.