Who We Are

The Hub is comprised of a team of former congressional staff, executive branch officials and immigration policy advocates with deep roots in advocacy and communications and decades of collective experience. We are strategic and tenacious optimists fighting for social change. We believe in an inclusive society where immigrants are able to thrive and contribute fully to their communities, and where America recognizes immigrants as intrinsic to our national identity and heritage.

Our Story

Emerson Collective incubated the Immigration Hub in 2017 to provide strategic support to a broad spectrum of partners to help counter escalating anti-immigrant sentiment and restrictive immigration policies. The Immigration Hub continues to serve as a national convener, in addition to driving innovative communications strategies, advancing a pro-immigrant Congressional agenda and fostering collaborative partnerships.


The Immigration Hub Team


Tyler Moran

Tyler is Director of the Immigration Hub. Tyler has been with the organization since its founding and has 20 years of experience developing and implementing immigration policy.

Tyler previously served as Senior Policy Advisor to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada where she managed immigration policy and strategy for Senate Democratic leadership and the Democratic Caucus. She was previously the Deputy Policy Director for Immigration at the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Obama where the immigration team managed the development and implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the President's immigration reform bill in 2013. Prior to working in government, Tyler worked for the National Immigration Law Center, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and taught high school at the Tilton School.


Sergio Gonzales
Deputy Director

Sergio brings a wealth of experience in both government and campaigns as the Hub’s Deputy Director. 

Prior to joining the Hub, Sergio served as Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) on immigration, homeland security, government affairs, labor and LGTBQ issues. He worked closely with Sen. Harris on oversight of the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, including family separation, the decision to end DACA, and expansion of ICE enforcement. Sergio was also Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and helped craft the gang of eight’s immigration reform bill in 2013. Additionally, he led efforts to strengthen diversity and inclusion across the federal government as Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management under the Obama White House. Sergio also served as Regional Director for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign where he oversaw fourteen states and was Colorado Political Director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and for Sen. Bennet’s race in 2010. He originally began his career as a social case worker helping teens to emancipate from the foster care system.


Kerri Talbot
Director of Federal Advocacy

Kerri Talbot, J.D., is the Director of Federal Advocacy for the Immigration Hub. She works with non-profit organizations and Congress on policy and legislative advocacy to promote fair treatment of immigrants and refugees.

She was previously a Partner at the Veng Group where she assisted non-profit organizations and businesses including the National Immigration Law Center, Deloitte, Human Rights First, and the Women’s Refugee Commission with immigration policy advocacy. Kerri previously served as Chief Counsel for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey for five years. She staffed the Senator on the Gang of 8 and assisted in writing the comprehensive immigration reform bill which passed the Senate in 2013.  Kerri previously worked at the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Rights Working Group, Break the Chain Campaign, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and Physicians for Human Rights. She graduated from Harvard Law School and Tufts University.


Beatriz Lopez
Director OF Communications

Beatriz Lopez is the Hub’s Communications Director. She develops and implements messaging and digital strategies on immigration policies to drive a progressive narrative, engage national and local reporters, and assist organizations across the country in their rapid response operations.

Previously, she was the Managing Director of Communications for the Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund. Prior to her time at CAP, Beatriz was the Assistant Communications Director for the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) immigration and Latino vote program, where she played an integral role in launching a new, innovative digital model for the union, called iAmerica and iAmerica Action, to galvanize key voters of color and educate immigrant communities on fundamental policies. Formerly, she led the Latino and labor outreach efforts for the Florida Association of Planned Parenthood and Public Citizen, respectively. Beatriz is a graduate of Pace University and former Peace Corps (El Salvador) volunteer and trainer.


Monica Barrera
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Monica leads the Immigration Hub's efforts to cultivate and strengthen partnerships in and outside of the immigrants' rights movement to leverage a broader base of support for pro-immigrant policies.

Prior to joining the Hub, Monica served as a senior advisor to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid on legislative and policy developments impacting Latino and AAPI communities, including immigration policy. Monica also served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Latino Affairs to Senator Bob Menendez in the years during and following the establishment of DACA and the Senate fight to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Monica began her work on Capitol Hill as a post-graduate legislative fellow in the office of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, where she drafted the first Help Separated Families Act. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Monica worked at the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner and advanced the policy institute’s legislative priorities in the areas of economic security, social equity, and immigration reform. Monica is a Peace Corps alumna and a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University School of Social Work.


Sara Gomez Horta
Policy and Communications Associate

Sara Gomez Horta is the Policy and Communications Associate for the Immigration Hub.

She’s a graduate of Linfield College where she double majored in Political Science and English Literature with a minor in Law, Rights, and Justice. During her time at Linfield, Sara founded and served as president of one of the first Voto Latino college chapters in the country playing a key role in growing VL’s college chapter program. She is an alum of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Internship program and was selected as a Schwarzman Scholar. Sara is a proud immigrant, born in Mexico, raised in Alaska, and a happy recent transplant to the East Coast.