Rich André is the Associate Director of State and Local Initiatives at New American Economy, a bipartisan research and advocacy organization making the economic case for sensible immigration reform. In this role, he partners with mayors, business leaders, and non-profit organizations, leveraging data on immigrants’ economic contributions to advocate for inclusive local, state and federal immigration policies.
Before joining NAE, Rich was the NYCitizenship Program Manager at the New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA). He oversaw day-to-day operations of the NYCitizenship program, which provides free, high-quality citizenship legal services and financial counseling at public library branches citywide and at select Human Resources Administration sites. Rich also led MOIA's local and national citizenship strategy, including partnerships with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, NYC's three public library systems, and the national Cities for Citizenship coalition.
Prior to this position, he launched and led Cities for Action, a coalition of over 100 mayors and county officials advocating for pro-immigrant policies at every level of government. Rich coordinated filing amicus briefs in the Texas v U.S. legal case regarding deferred action for undocumented youth and parents. He organized the first-ever municipal ID conference in 2015 and advised cities on local immigrant integration practices. Rich also ran MOIA's Immigrant Inclusion Listening Tour in partnership with community-based organizations and schools across the five boroughs.
Before joining city government, he was the Policy Manager at Americas Society/Council of the Americas and Production Editor of Americas Quarterly, a magazine focused on the Western Hemisphere. His work brought him to Cuba, Chile, and Colombia. Rich also served as Co-Director of the Immigration and Integration Initiative, which convened leaders in emerging gateway cities like Atlanta, Nashville, and Charlotte to discuss immigration and economic development.
Rich is a Queens, NY native and proud Haitian-American. He holds a BA in Political Science and Spanish Language from Amherst College, with a focus on U.S.-Latin American relations. He is fluent in Spanish and French, and conversational in Portuguese. He is an avid soccer fan (a.k.a. football/fútbol), and plays on co-ed team with few wins, but a lot of heart.