After almost one year of interim-executive leadership under Yah-Hanna Jenkins Leys, the board of directors is proud to announce the hiring of our next Executive Director, Eva S. Alexander, CTA.

LIA Welcomes Eva S. Alexander as our new Executive Director!


Please join us in welcoming Eva to the LIA community.

Eva will continue the vision and leadership of LIA, work launched by Sarah Yore-Van Oosterhout, Esq., Lighthouse’s Founder and Managing Attorney.


“Eva’s leadership of Lighthouse promises to continue the good work we’re doing and also broaden our impact in West Michigan,” says Yore-Van Oosterhout. “She brings outstanding development, operational and management skills to Lighthouse, which will be critical as we seek to expand our capacity to serve the immigration legal services needs of our community. Yah-Hanna brilliantly served as our interim executive director this last year, strengthening the foundation of Lighthouse through her fundraising initiatives, board development, and development of internal policies and procedures. I am excited to partner with Yah-Hanna in her new role at the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area, as well as her roles with Women of Color Give and the Lakeshore Coalition for Racial Justice.”


This transition is part of Lighthouse’s strategic plan to continue to provide excellent legal services, be a premiere source of education on matters of immigration reform and be a staunch advocate for immigrants in the West Michigan area. Alexander’s previous work has provided her extensive nonprofit, hospitality, and event management experience. She previously held positions at YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, the American Red Cross of West Michigan, and management positions in the hospitality industry. 

“As a Latina leader, I aim to use my voice to advocate for others. I believe that all people are worthy of care, compassion, and dignity,” says Alexander. “My partnership and exciting new role with LIA will allow me to continue this work and make a significant impact on families here, in West Michigan.”

Alexander will lead the organization beginning on November 30, 2020. She describes her leadership style as one focused on equity, valuing individual contributions, and serving as a resource to others. She believes that her personal values align closely with LIA’s values and that these transcend events and programs. As a community, if we can understand and advocate for the value of each individual in our community, we have the power to increase our collective wisdom and positive impact.


Current Board President, Taiyoh Afrik, is confident in Eva’s strengths and ability to lead the organization into the future: “Over the last few months, many at LIA have worked diligently in our search for a new Executive Director. We knew we found the right partner and leader as soon as we interacted with Eva. As we enter a new chapter in our evolution, please join me and welcome Eva in to our broader community.”


This year has been full of exciting changes, but transition does not come without its unique challenges. Please consider supporting the our growing organization by setting up a small monthly donation. Recurring donations fit within your monthly budget and benefits LIA’s sustainability as a small non-profit.