Mission & Impact

There are about 2 million immigrants and refugees currently in the U.S. who have college degrees from their home countries but are unemployed or working far below their skill level. Upwardly Global is the first and longest-serving organization that helps these men and women integrate into the professional American workforce.

Our Mission

Upwardly Global’s mission is to eliminate employment barriers for skilled immigrants and refugees, and integrate this population into the professional U.S. workforce.

Our Vision

We envision a United States where skilled immigrants are seamlessly integrated into the professional workforce and the fabric of American life, and are recognized for the value they add to both.

Our Story

Our founder, Jane Leu, was working in the refugee resettlement field and toured a New York poultry production plant that was considered a model employer for refugees. The owner introduced Jane to two of his best employees: a former engineer from Iraq and a surgeon from Bosnia.

Disheartened by the loss of talent, Jane realized there was no infrastructure to help highly skilled immigrants and refugees regain their careers and contribute to the U.S. at their full potential. Jane launched Upwardly Global in 2000 from her kitchen table and began equipping work-authorized newcomers with the tools to rebuild their professional careers. Today, Upwardly Global is a national organization with offices in four metropolitan areas. We have matched thousands of immigrants with jobs that leverage their professional experience and skills, and we continue to pursue Jane’s vision of a nation where country of origin is not a barrier to success.

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Financial statements

View our audited financial statements: Audit 2019; Audit 2018; Audit 2017; Audit 2016; 990-2019; 990-2018; 990-2017; 990-2016.



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