Stay tuned as we announce our 2018 honorees.

Keepers of the American Dream are the heroes who embody the spirit of immigrant achievement, contribute significantly to the well-being of immigrants in the United States, and are advocates, in every sense of the word, for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

Ali Noorani from the National Immigration Forum with 2017 Keepers of the American Dream Honorees, Michael Gonda for Chobani, Chief Art Acevedo, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, Chief J. Thomas Manger (pictured from left to right).

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Michael Gonda, Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Chobani

Launched by Hamdi Ulukaya in 2007, Chobani has become the No.1-selling Greek Yogurt brand in the U.S. with more than a billion dollars in annual sales – making it one of the fastest-growing companies in history. Beyond business acumen, Chobani is passionate about giving back and paying its success forward. It donates a portion of its profits to the Chobani Foundation, which provides critical funding to programs that improve childhood nutrition and wellness as well as strengthen the communities it’s a part of in Central New York and Twin Falls, ID.

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon

Ambassador, General Superintendent Emerita, The Wesleyan Church

Dr. Lyon has dedicated her career to alleviating suffering and injustice. Through her words and her deeds, she has highlighted the need to care for immigrants and refugees, including founding World Hope International, which grew to a $17 million global Christian relief and development agency. She serves on the board of directors of many organizations as representative of The Wesleyan Church including the National Association of Evangelicals Executive Committee, Christian Community Development Association, National Religious Partnership for the Environment, Asbury Theological Seminary Board, Council on Faith of the World Economic Forum, the President of The United States Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Chief Art Acevedo

Houston Police Department

Co-Chair, Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force

Chief Art Acevedo was sworn-in as Chief of the Houston Police Department (HPD) in November 2016. Acevedo began his law enforcement career in 1986 as field patrol officer in East Los Angeles with the California Highway Patrol. He rose through the ranks and was named Chief of the California Highway Patrol in 2005. Acevedo most recently served nine years as Chief of the Austin Police Department. He believes good communication is vital for a successful community and steadily works to strengthen the bond between the community and its police department. A proponent of community policing, he refers to the proven practice as “Relational Policing,” an opportunity to forge a relationship with each citizen an officer comes in contact with. As the first Hispanic to lead the HPD, Acevedo brings a unique understanding to the concerns of the diverse communities in the City of Houston. Chief Acevedo holds various leadership positions with the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He also serves as the co-chair of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force.

Chief J. Thomas Manger

Chief of Police, Montgomery County, Maryland

Co-Chair, Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force

Chief J. Thomas Manger has been the Chief of Police in Montgomery County, Maryland, since February 2004. He began his law enforcement career in 1977 with the Fairfax County (Virginia) Police Department, and rose through the ranks to become Chief of Police in 1998. During his tenure in Fairfax County, Chief Manger received numerous awards including the Silver Medal of Valor. He is credited with reorganizing and expanding the Police Department’s Community Policing efforts. His commitment to the highest ethical standards for policing and his enactment of new policies to increase departmental accountability earned significant recognition from the community, including the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission Award for outstanding contributions, and the N.A.A.C.P.’s Community Service Leadership Award. Chief Manger is the President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), representing the largest law enforcement agencies in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. He also serves as the co-chair of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force.