David Lubell is the founder of Welcoming America and has been Executive Director since October 2009.
Lubell is the former Executive Director and founder of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC).
is now considered a model for emerging immigrant's rights coalitions and was named Advocacy Affiliate of the Year in 2008 by the National Council of La Raza
(NCLR), the largest Latino civil rights organization in America.
While at TIRRC
helped found Welcoming Tennessee, the model for all subsequent Welcoming projects.
Before TIRRC, Lubell was Advocacy and Organizing Director of Latino Memphis, a non-profit in Memphis, where he helped lead a campaign to increase access to healthcare for Memphis' growing Limited English Proficient (LEP) population.
Lubell received a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Reynolds Social Entrepreneurship Fellow.
Lubell also has a B.A. in history from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and received a Certificate in non-profit management from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Lubell is a recipient of the Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneurship Fellowships, as well as the Cornerstone Social Justice award from Jewish Funds for Social Justice and the Community Change-Champion Award from the Center for Community Change.
He is currently an Ashoka Fellow and was named one of Univision's top ten social entrepreneurs in the Americas.
is based in Atlanta.