Government Relations

Joan Neal

Strategic Advisor and Lobby Fellow

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Joan has extensive experience in strategic planning and institutional change management for non-profit organizations. She has held key leadership positions at Cabrini College and Catholic Relief Services, following a career in banking. Joan is a Board Member of the Mexican American Catholic College and the Center for Migration Studies, as well as a Member of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. She holds a MA in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union, and a BA in English from Loyola University.

Diana Pliego

Government Relations Associate

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Born in Michoacán, Mexico, Diana and her family immigrated to the United States when she was three years old. As a first-generation immigrant, she has a personal passion for social justice and holds a particular passion for immigrants’ rights. She carried out this passion in her most recent work with Young Immigrants in Action (YIA) in South C