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The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) Announces ?Its first Director of Marketing & Advancement

Trenton, NJ: The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) is pleased to announce that it has hired nonprofit professional Lorraine Goodman as its first Director of Marketing & Advancement.

Lorraine brings a wealth of professional development and marketing experience to LALDEF, with over 10 years in the field.  She earned a Master's in nonprofit administration from NYU’s Steinhardt/Stern, with a focus on not-for-profit development and institutional messaging. Her subsequent professional fundraising experience ranges from helping The Red Hot Organization earn its first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, to acting as Princeton AlumniCorps’ Development Officer. The Red Hot Organization produces record albums and then donates the proceeds to AIDS-related charities.

Ms. Goodman also has a wealth of volunteer experience that includes participating in fundraising events with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, narrating on-air for the InTouch Radio Network for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and performing in hospitals with Broadway singers for Hearts & Voices. While living in Germany (and starring in Das Phantom der Opera) she raised money for Bosnian refugees, who were flocking to Hamburg.

Ms. Goodman first learned of LALDEF while attending a day-long seminar on immigration at New York City’s Ford Foundation and meeting LALDEF finance Chair John Heilner.  A few months later, John asked Lorraine to join LALDEF’s Board of Trustees.

“That introduced me to the many issues affecting Mercer County’s local immigrant community  -- a population that I frankly knew little about at the time. But it touched me -- I am the granddaughter of immigrants. My grandfather came to the United States when he was a toddler; his parents undertook the incredibly difficult Atlantic Ocean crossing to escape the pogroms of Eastern Europe and create a better future for him, his siblings, and their children. I am a beneficiary of their bravery and foresight. I had to ask myself -- how is that different from those making the journey across unforgiving territories today?”

Board Chair Patricia  Fernandez-Kelly noted, “By engaging Ms. Goodman's valuable services, our Board of Trustees demonstrate our commitment to efficacy and sustainability at the service of the immigrant, Latinx, and low-income residents in our region. “


About LALDEF: Founded in 2004, the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) is a social impact organization whose mission is to promote the rights of all immigrants by facilitating access to health care, education, and legal representation; advocating for the integration of immigrants; and fostering inter-cultural communication to strengthen our communities. To learn more about LALDEF, please visit


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