Contributors

Dan Stein – President 
Dan Stein is an attorney who has worked for nearly 35 years in the field of immigration law and law reform. He has been in his present position as President since January 2003. Prior to leading FAIR, Mr. Stein was the Executive Director of the Immigration Reform Law Institute, a public interest litigation group that has represented a variety of organizations in immigration and administrative law matters. Mr. Stein has also been in private law practice in real estate, federal agency litigation, criminal law and tax-exempt corporate law. A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Stein’s interest in immigration began as a professional staff member of the U. S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, where he studied U.S./Mexico border issues and international crop substitution efforts. Mr. Stein has published hundreds of articles on immigration policy, and through the years has appeared on national television thousands times on just about every significant news program in America, has spoken to major groups across America, and has been asked to testify before Congress on related issues over 50 times. Mr. Stein is a graduate of Indiana University and the Catholic University School of Law. | Read Dan’s posts

Bob Dane - Executive Director
Bob has been with FAIR since 2006 serving as the organization’s Press Secretary and Communications Director. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management. | Read Bob’s posts

Karl Filippini - Webmaster
Karl joined FAIR in 1998 and offers a mixture of technical and issue related knowledge. As technology changes Karl helps FAIR remain ahead of the curve by maintaining and evaluating FAIR’s website and mangaging email traffic. | Read Karl’s posts

RJ Hauman - Government Relations Associate
RJ Hauman joined FAIR in 2015, bringing valuable legislative, regulatory, and political experience to the Government Relations department. He is responsible for reviewing and analyzing legislation and regulations, as well as building and maintaining relationships with Capitol Hill staff. During his time on Capitol Hill, RJ gained immigration policy experience as an aide to former Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), who chaired the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement. RJ holds a B.A. in Political Science from Clemson University. | Read RJ’s posts

Robert Law - Government Relations Director
Robert joined FAIR in 2013. As Director, he manages the Government Relations team and establishes FAIR’s legislative agenda. He builds and maintains relationships with Capitol Hill staff and assists in drafting true immigration reform legislation. He advises other FAIR departments on legislative and executive branch developments to coordinate messaging to advance FAIR’s goals. Robert brings to FAIR his legal background and government relations experience. | Read Robert’s posts

Catalina Lehmann - Online Engagement Associate
Catalina joined FAIR in 2015, and is responsible for growing and cultivating FAIR’s online support base through advertising. She also engages supporters, activists, and potential donors online through interactive general public awareness, advocacy campaigns, and giving campaigns. Catalina has experience working for another nonprofit, a news radio network, two members of Congress, and a think tank. She holds a B.A. degree in International Studies from American University. | Read Catalina’s posts

Jack Martin - Spokesperson
Jack, who joined FAIR in 1995, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish). | Read Jack’s posts

Ira Mehlman - Media Director
Ira joined FAIR in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National ReviewLA TimesNew York TimesWashington PostNewsweek and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator. | Read Ira’s posts

Robert Najmulski - Law Enforcement Relations Manager
Robert joined FAIR February 2009 with 28 years of law enforcement experience as a Deputy Sheriff in Orange and Los Angeles Counties in California and Allen County, Ohio. He created and ran the Criminal Alien Task Force (2006) in Allen County and worked solely on criminal alien issues for 18 counties in northwest Ohio. Robert has conducted extensive public awareness and local government meetings regarding illegal immigration, and maintains peace officer status in the state of Ohio. | Read Robert’s posts

Matt O’Brien – Research Director
Matthew J. O’Brien joined FAIR in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law. | Read Matt’s posts

Spencer Raley - Research Associate/Staff Writer
Spencer joined FAIR in 2015. He conducts research, and writes content for FAIR’s publications and website. He brings previous experience in state politics, gubernatorial and district campaigns, and D.C. political non-profits. Spencer holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. | Read Spencer’s posts

Dave Ray - Communications Director
Dave rejoined FAIR in 2016 and brings more than thirty years of proactive communications experience working with non-profits, trade associations and the private sector. Dave has written and placed op-eds in more than 100 publications for national and state leaders in fields ranging from immigration to agriculture policy, food and energy. Ray has served as a chief spokesman for several national organizations and has extensive radio and television experience as well. | Read Dave’s posts

Shari Rendall - Senior Government Relations Manager
Shari Rendall brings to FAIR over 15 years of experience in government relations and grassroots advocacy. In her former position Shari led the legislation department in coordinating lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill and briefing congressional and administration staff on a wide range of issues. She has also been responsible for grassroots communications and helping state associations devise their legislative strategies. She began her time in D.C. working on Capitol Hill in the office of former Sen. Bob Smith (R-New Hampshire) as a Legislative Aide. | Read Shari’s posts

Susan Tully - National Field Director
Susan joined the FAIR staff in 2002. She is a former business owner, manager for municipal code enforcement, immigration coordinator for the Coalition of Government Officials (southern California), and president of Citizens Committee for Immigration Policy. Susan manages FAIR’s extensive and national Field Program. She develops members and activist support and educates the media and public on immigration issues. | Read Susan’s posts

Cassie Williams - Press Secretary
Cassie joined FAIR in 2015. She handles all media inquiries, pitches stories, conducts research, maintains databases, and works as a liaison between FAIR and the press. She brings experience from multiple political committees, Capitol Hill, and both local and national campaigns. Cassie holds B.A. degrees in History, Political Science, and Secondary Education. | Read Cassie’s posts

FAIR Government Relations
From meeting with members of Congress to providing testimonies for hearings and issuing reports, FAIR has worked on national immigration issues since 1979. The Government Relations team reviews legislation and legal opinions and acts as a liaison between FAIR and Congress. | Read posts from Government Relations

FAIR State & Local
The State and Local staff executes FAIR’s state and local legislative strategy and develop FAIR’s position on proposed state and local legislation. State and Local staff work closely with the Field Team and other FAIR staff to closely monitor legislative activity around the United States regarding immigration issues. | Read posts from State & Local

FAIR Research
Content generated by FAIR’s Research team. | Read posts from Research

FAIR Staff
Content posted by current and previous members of FAIR staff. | Read posts from FAIR Staff

Immigration Reform Law Institute
Founded in 1987, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) is a national, nonprofit, public-interest legal education and advocacy law firm. | Read posts from IRLI