Press Release: 2021-05-17

MIRA Coalition President and CEO Eva A. Millona to Join Biden Administration

Massachusetts Immigration and Advocacy Reform Coalition

MIRA Coalition President and CEO Eva A. Millona to Join Biden Administration:

Press Release

May 17, 2021

For 12 years, Millona has led New England’s premier coalition promoting the rights and inclusion of immigrants and refugees

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) is today congratulating their President and Chief Executive Officer Eva A. Millona as she joins the Biden/Harris Administration in a senior leadership position. Millona has led MIRA, the largest organization representing the foreign-born community in New England, for more than 12 years. Effective May 25, she will assume the position of Assistant Secretary for Partnership and Engagement at the Department of Homeland Security.

“It has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life to serve MIRA, and I am looking forward to working with the Biden/Harris administration to advance shared values and strengthen the fabric of our nation,” said Millona. “I am proud of the incredible accomplishments MIRA has achieved during my time here – growing the power of the coalition, securing major policy wins at the local, state, and national levels, and advancing an inclusion agenda that was then adopted as a national model. With MIRA’s remarkable record of success and an amazing board, staff, members, and programs, I know they are well-positioned for this transition.”

Millona will also step down from her position as co-chair of the National Partnership for New Americans, the lead national organization focusing on immigrant integration.

“While the MIRA community will miss Eva’s talented, charismatic leadership, we are deeply proud of what she has accomplished for the organization over the years. Eva catapulted MIRA into one of the most high-profile players on the local, state and national levels, while also growing and diversifying the organization’s membership and staff,” said John Willshire-Carrera, Chair of the MIRA Coalition’s Board of Directors. “Of course, Eva’s work on behalf of immigrant and refugee communities is not complete and we look forward to all that she will accomplish alongside President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. We are deeply grateful for Eva’s years of service and her invaluable contributions to the MIRA Coalition and to immigrant and refugee communities across Massachusetts. Thanks to her leadership, MIRA’s future is very bright.”

MIRA also announced that Myran Parker-Brass will assume the role of Acting Chief Executive Officer while the organization begins its search for its next leader. Parker-Brass has served as Interim Deputy Chief Executive Officer of MIRA since November 2020. She has three decades of experience as an executive, educator and consultant in the non-profit sector, including serving as Executive Director for the Arts for Boston Public Schools and Chair of Experiential Education for Longy School of Music at Bard College.