Letter from Dan Kesselbrenner
October 9, 2018
After 32 years, I think it is time for the NIPNLG to have new leadership. It is a difficult decision for me since I still love my job, but I will retire from the NIPNLG in the spring of 2019.
During my tenure, I have had the rare privilege of working with some of the U.S.’ best advocates, staunchest organizers, most creative legal minds, and bravest prisoners and detainees. I will always treasure what we have accomplished together, and regret that we could not achieve more.
I want to thank the NIPNLG’s board and members for letting me work at the NIPNLG for all these years. I give special thanks to all my co-workers for their support and tireless work that have made the NIPNLG the organization it is today. I am thrilled to see how many of our former interns and law students have become zealous advocates for immigrant rights and social justice.
I cannot do justice to all the legal and political developments that have occurred since the board first hired me. Along the way, there have been painful losses and disappointments, but also uplifting victories and inspirational moments that strengthened my resolve in the work of the NIPNLG, and in the cause for fairness and dignity for immigrants. On a personal note, I want to acknowledge that by 2017, my mother, father, and only brother had died. Since I started working at NIPNLG, I feel fortunate that Sarah Ignatius married me, and that together we have raised our wonderful son, Joel. I want to thank my family for supporting me in my work with the NIPNLG.
I am confident the NIPNLG staff will achieve significant outcomes after I leave. In addition, I leave the NIPNLG on a solid financial foundation thanks to you, our donors, members, and supporters. As a result, NIPNLG is well-positioned to continue to expand its work. Rest assured, I will continue to do whatever I can to support the struggle for immigrant rights and social justice after the spring of 2019.
You can do one thing for me. I ask that you assist in the process of identifying a new executive director who will reflect the principles of equity, racial justice, and inclusion for which the NIPNLG stands by circulating the executive director job announcement broadly.
Thank you for supporting our work.