Our Team

People say, 'What is the sense of our small effort?' They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.
- Dorothy Day
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Leani García Torres


Leani García Torres (she/her) is the Chief of Staff at the American Immigration Council, a non-partisan research and advocacy organization making the case for smart, sensible immigration policies in cities, states, and nationally.

Prior to this, Leani focused on a broad range of issues in Latin America, including Afro-descendant inclusion, entrepreneurship in Cuba, and anti-corruption initiatives. She has more than nine years of experience working at the intersection of business and public policy in the U.S. and Latin America. Leani has worked with cross-sector partners to organize meetings, magazine and book launches, business delegations, and conferences in Cuba, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, and throughout the United States.

Leani holds an MA from New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and a BA in Political Science from California State University – Long Beach.