It’s with mix emotions that CASA announces the departure of our Senior Director of Organizing Alma Couverthié, who has accepted the position of Deputy Field Director with Center for Community Change.
Couverthié, who has been working in a number of capacities at CASA for the last five years, has made significant and lasting contributions to expand CASA’s outreach and help more individuals in this community.
“While we are sad to see her go from CASA, we are excited to have her talent leading the national movement for immigrant rights,” said CASA’s Executive Director Gustavo Torres.
Couverthié joined CASA’s staff in 2012, first as the Wheaton Welcome Center Manager before moving into the position of Director of Welcome Centers and Education. More recently, in her position as Director of Organizing, she led a community effort to create the Flower Branch Tenants Association, a grassroots response to a devastating fire that took the lives of 7 residents and displaced hundreds. More recently, she launched the Leadership Academy Gender Track, a program for members that aims to advance LGBTQ and progressive women’s issues through leadership development and consciousness-raising.
As a result of this departure and in recognition of her many years of leadership, Elizabeth Alex will be named CASA’s new Senior Director of Organizing. Last year, she opened our York, Pa., office which has become essential to Latinos and other people in achieving more political influence and receiving services in the Central Pennsylvania area. She also opened our Baltimore Welcome Center in 2006, a move that has led to successful local campaigns to limit police/ICE collaboration in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, York City, and City of Annapolis and also played a critical role in major statewide immigrant rights victories, including the Maryland Dream Act and the campaign to secure driver’s licenses for immigrants.
“Elizabeth works tirelessly and has made tremendous progress in creating programs that support and protect immigrants in Baltimore and Pennsylvania,” Torres said. “She is an inspiration to all of us.”
CASA is also excited to announce the appointment of Lydia Walter-Rodriguez to lead organizing efforts in Central Maryland. Lydia began her journey with CASA in 2011 as a student activist at Morgan State University leading efforts there in support of the Maryland DREAM Act. Upon graduation she came to CASA first as an AmeriCorps volunteer, then as an organizer. She has led a team of organizers in the Baltimore region and will expand that work to drive campaigns for immigrant rights throughout Central Maryland.