Upwardly Global CEO Included in List of Most Influential Asian Americans in New York

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Jina Krause-Vilmar featured in City & State magazine’s Power of Diversity list of New York’s 100 most influential Asian Americans

NEW YORK — Upwardly Global CEO and President Jina Krause-Vilmar was just included in City & State magazine’s 2024 Power of Diversity: Asian 100 list. The annual list highlights the most influential Asian American leaders in government, businesses, advocacy, and other sectors in New York state.

City & State highlights her work leading Upwardly Global, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to dismantling employment barriers for immigrant, refugee, and asylee professionals.

“Organizations like Jina Krause-Vilmar’s Upwardly Global help newcomers access work opportunities through professional skills development programs, which include a partnership with the state Office of New Americans and New York City’s Workforce1 to facilitate the work placement for hundreds of skilled immigrants, asylum-seekers and refugees,” reads the profile on Krause-Vilmar.

According to City & State, New York immigrants compose 43% of New York City’s workforce, generating one-third of its economic output. And nationwide, over two million newcomers with professional skills are currently unemployed or underemployed. Since 2000, Upwardly Global has supported nearly 11,000 immigrants, refugees, and asylees in landing thriving-wage careers, bridging the gap between talent and opportunity nationwide.

“It is truly humbling to stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the most influential and inspiring individuals of Asian descent in New York,” Krause-Vilmar says. “Visibility matters, and this list exemplifies the importance of diverse leadership in driving meaningful change.”


About Upwardly Global

Upwardly Global’s mission is to dismantle employment barriers for low-income immigrant, refugee, and asylee professionals and to advance their inclusion into the U.S. economy. Since 2000, Upwardly Global has empowered unemployed or underemployed newcomers with the skills, career coaching, and social capital needed to rebuild their lives and careers. Learn more at UpwardlyGlobal.org.

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