Rich Stolz is the Exectuive Director of OneAmerica. Its mission is to advance the fundamental principles of democracy and justice through building power in immigrant communities, in collaboration with key allies.
Stolz was born in Seoul, South Korea. His parents met in Korea, when his father, an American citizen, worked there. His mother became a naturalized citizen, and Rich’s family moved to the United States when he was three. Rich grew up in Redwood City, California. He was always conscious of his bi-racial identity, which was framed by experience as new-comers to the United States. Rich has thought a good deal about what means to be an American citizen and the consequences of prejudice.
Over the last fifteen years, Rich has worked at the Center for Community Change, a national organization based in Washington, D.C. His work focused on the intersection of policy, politics and organizing across a broad spectrum of issues impacting low-income and minority communities, including jobs and income support policy, immigration policy, infrastructure investment and environmental justice. He has lived and organized in Portland, Maine; Montgomery, Alabama; Tucson, Arizona; Washington, D.C.; and Seattle, Washington.
Rich helped to found and staff the Transportation Equity Network, a multi-ethnic organizing strategy focused on the impact of transportation policy on job access, community development, and environmental justice.
Stolz also was the coordinator of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), a national coalition of immigrant rights organizations fighting for immigration reform. He supported the growth of youth organizing across FIRM, managed nonpartisan voter mobilization programs, and lead grassroots efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation in 2007.
He was the campaign manager for the Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign in 2008, a multi-million dollar, labor, faith, community, and business campaign with more than 900 organizational endorsers.
As a student at Stanford University, he organized ethnic studies programs that invested in research and instruction on Asian American, Chicano, African American and Native American Studies.