David Lubell is the founder and executive director of Welcoming America, a nonprofit organization established in 2009 that helps communities in the U.S. and around the world reach their full potential by becoming welcoming to immigrants and refugees. Welcoming America’s unique expertise is in helping long-time residents of communities adjust to – and seize as an opportunity – demographic change caused by significant migrant in-flows.
Lubell’s award-winning concept has gained recognition nationally and internationally. The Obama White House honored Welcoming America as a White House Champion of Change for innovations in immigrant integration. In 2014, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group distinguished Welcoming America as a recipient of their Intercultural Innovation Award. In 2016, he gave a TEDxBerlin Talk to highlight the importance of welcoming newcomers and received the Ohtli Award, one of the highest awards given by the Government of Mexico to those who work with the Mexican community abroad.
Lubell began his career as the advocacy and organizing director of Latino Memphis. He later founded and became executive director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC). He is a recipient of several social entrepreneurship fellowships, including those from Ashoka, Draper Richards Kaplan and Harvard. He is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and was named to the 2016 Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 40 under 40 list.
A Wesleyan University graduate, Lubell holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University.