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Lawrence joined the staff of ICIRR in October 2002 to direct the health and citizenship programs, and in February of 2011 became the Executive Director. Since 2002, he has organized in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago, lobbied in Springfield, and directed the electoral work of Illinois Immigrant Action (ICIRR's 501c4 arm). Prior to ICIRR, Lawrence worked for the national Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. The son of immigrants from the Philippines, he has spent the last 20 years working on social justice issues in various communities. Lawrence is the immediate past President of the Asian American Action Fund of Greater Chicago, a volunteer-run, pan-Asian political action committee. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Marquette University, and Master of Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago. Lawrence is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa, and lives with his wife and four children on the Southside of Chicago.