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Gustavo brings more than 15 years of experience and leadership as a community organizer, strategist, and campaigner for immigrants and worker's rights to his new role as the Director of Training and Leadership at United We Dream. Prior to United We Dream Gustavo was the Executive Director at  Mía. Previously he served as the Senior Organizing Director for CASA de Maryland, the regions largest immigrantrights organization. There, Gustavo was responsible for designing and implementing the field strategy for every major immigration-related mobilization and direct action in the Capital and surrounding areas, as well as leading successful high-profile campaigns such as the Maryland DREAM Act. The Organization grew to tens of thousands of members during his tenure. Gustavo was also a labor organizer with UNITE HERE! Local 7 and the Change To Win Federation in Southern California. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he immigrated to the United States at age 14, and became a naturalized US citizen in 2008. He holds a degree from Goucher College in Towson, MD, and is fluent in 4 languages.