Roxana Norouzi has 20 years of experience in organizing, advocacy and social justice work with immigrant and refugee populations. Currently, she is the Executive Director for OneAmerica, Washington State’s largest immigrant rights organization, where she has worked for the last decade. Through her leadership over the last decade, she moved the organization through a transformational process to get further rooted in grassroots organizing, strategic policy campaigns and political power. During her tenure, Roxana built and developed a strategy at OneAmerica to improve education for immigrant children and families through local and state policy advocacy, community organizing, and leadership development with parents and youth resulting in policy advances around multilingualism and millions additional public dollars for English learners. In addition to her role at OneAmerica she is also a clinical instructor at the University of Washington in the School of Public Health. In 2010, after earning her Masters in Social Work at the University of Washington, Roxana was awarded the Bonderman Fellowship which allowed her to travel to twenty countries exploring post-conflict regions, migration trends, and identity. Roxana is fluent in Farsi and her experience as a first generation American informs her passion and commitment to racial equity and immigrant justice.
In her HeraldNet op-ed, 2022 Ascend Fellow, Roxana Norouzi, discusses the important role that powerbuilding from community organizations has in election results.
Today, the Aspen Institute announced its 2022 Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows, 22 leaders from across the United States who are primed to transform systems so that our youngest children and families can thrive.