Maria Teresa Rojas is director of programs for the International Migration Initiative at the Open Society Foundations. She has previously held several other positions at Open Society, 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, she 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 M.A. in public administration from Baruch College, the City University of New York, and a B.A. in communications from Rutgers University. She is also a 1986 National Urban Fellow. 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. She was born in Bogota, Colombia.