Steven Choi, Esq. | Executive Director

In addition to his role at Immigrant Action, Steve Choi, Esq. is the Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, an umbrella advocacy and policy coalition of nearly 200 member groups representing New York State’s immigrant communities.

From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Choi was the Executive Director of the MinKwon Center for Community Action, which organizes, advocates for, educates and serves Korean and Asian community members in New York. Prior to that, Mr. Choi was a Staff Attorney and the founding Director of the Korean Workers Project at the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund, the only project on the East Coast focused on providing free legal services to low-wage Korean immigrants.

Mr. Choi received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a M.A. from the University of Hawai’i, and a B.A. from Stanford University in History, with Honors.

Anu Joshi | Deputy Director


Anu has spent the last 15 years working on the front lines of some of our nation’s most challenging progressive policy fights.

Previously, Anu worked at the Center for New Community equipping and mobilizing grassroots organizations and national coalitions to challenge organized anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim organizing. She also was active in the 2013-14 federal immigration reform push with the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Anu has a Master's in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Murad Awawdeh
Political Director

Murad leads our civic, electoral, and political engagement.


Mr. Awawdeh actively works with communities, advocates, and candidates for elected office to develop transformational civic and community engagement campaigns, meaningfully engage immigrant communities in the electoral process, and support capacity and movement building. Mr. Awawdeh has created and developed many successful partnership, alliance, and coalition models that have helped uplift low income communities and communities of color. He has extensively organized and led social, environmental, transportation, and climate initiatives. Mr. Awawdeh played a leading role in securing community benefits through multi-year grassroots and political campaigns that add up to well over 75 million dollars. Mr. Awawdeh’s dedication to develop and build leadership across communities has been the backbone of success in his efforts.