Maria Teresa Rojas is the director of programs for the Open Society International Migration Initiative, which she established as the founding director in 2010. Rojas has previously held several other positions at the Open Society Foundations, including director of the U.S. immigrant rights portfolio, deputy director of the U.S. Justice Fund, and associate director for communications.
Rojas has a varied background in management and communications in the nonprofit and public sectors, and has successfully structured and managed start-up operations. As the first general manager of New York City’s Crosswalks Television Network, Rojas built five municipal cable channels from the ground up and instituted unprecedented television coverage of local government proceedings. She has been a television producer, radio correspondent, writer, and a New York Emmy nominee.
Rojas holds an MA in public administration from Baruch College, the City University of New York, and a BA in communications from Rutgers University. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at the University of New South Wales, and a member of the Migration Advisory Board of the International Organization for Migration.