Thanu Yakupitiyage is a long-time immigrant rights activist, media professional, and cultural organizer based in New York City. She worked for the New York Immigration Coalition for close to seven years where she headed the organization's communications and media relations strategy. Through her work at NYIC, she became an immigration policy expert, using her skills in media and communications to shift narratives on immigration and immigrants themselves. She was a lead organizer in recent efforts to push back against Trump's executive orders in his first week in office that mandated a Muslim Ban and increased enforcement and raids against immigrant communities. Most recently, she has taken on the role of managing U.S Communications for 350.org and bringing a migration perspective to the critical work of climate justice. Thanu has an MA in communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BA in critical media studies and international development from Hampshire College.