The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, or LALDEF, announced on Wednesday it has named Dina Paulson-McEwen as its new executive director.
LALDEF, a Trenton-based not-for-profit with 15 staff and more than 40 volunteers, provides English-as-a-Second Language classes, legal representation in immigration matters, tax preparation assistance, support for victims of domestic violence, community identification cards and educational programs for young adults transitioning into college.
Paulson-McEwen, who has more than 15 years of experience in communications, public speaking, teaching, development and fundraising, is the founder of Aqua Editing LLC, a story developer for creative thinkers. Prior to that, she was the LGBTQ staff liaison at a Detroit-based early education and day care center, Bright Horizons Family Solutions. She currently serves as a member of the Human Services Commission in Princeton.
LALDEF said Paulson-McEwen is succeeding Adriana Abizadeh, who held the role for three years.