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CIIC Appoints Aileen Leonard Dibra as Executive Director

Contact: Aileen Leonard Dibra
t: 914-837-2007

March 6, 2018—The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Aileen Leonard Dibra as the organization’s new Executive Director. Aileen previously served as CIIC’s National Coordinator.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” stated Celine Kennelly, CIIC Board President. “Aileen has played a key role in recent years, supporting the development of CIIC’s programming, as well as branding the Coalition as source of current and accurate information for the Irish Diaspora in the United States and abroad. This is an exciting time for the organization as the scope and impact of the Coalition expands. On behalf of the CIIC Board, we are delighted that Aileen will be continuing with us on this journey.”

Aileen has almost 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including direct service provision, program management and organizational oversight, as well as independent consulting. Aileen holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from Fordham University, as well as an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership.

“I am pleased to be taking on this new role with the Coalition, and continuing to build and expand upon our great accomplishments of the past 6 years,” says Aileen. “I am thankful to the CIIC Board of Directors for this opportunity, as well as for their ongoing support and commitment to the Coalition. These are exciting times for the organization, and I am glad to play a leadership role.”

Aileen Leonard Dibra, Executive Director
Photo Credit: Marty Katz








The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) was established in 1996 to promote the welfare of Irish immigrants in the US at a national level. The CIIC is funded by a generous grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Emigrant Support Programme, as well as a project grant from The Ireland Funds.

The Coalition serves as a national umbrella organization representing Irish immigration and community centers throughout the United States that are committed to providing support to Irish immigrants. The Coalition strives to be a strong, cohesive and representative voice for the needs of its member centers, and in turn the greater community of Irish immigrants in the US. The Coalition prioritizes the sharing of information and the creation of best practices as a way to support and assist its member centers in their direct service work. CIIC member organizations are located in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Philadelphia and Washington.

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