RCUSA Chair: Bill Canny, Executive Director, migration and refugee services office, united states conference of catholic bishops

Canny brings experience of over 25 years of service to refugees and migrants through his previous positions at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the International Catholic Migration Commission, as well as strong skills as a leader and administrator.  From 2010-2012, he served as CRS’ director of emergency operations, leading the emergency department in global prevention, preparedness, protection and response operations. Canny directed CRS’ initial response to the Haiti earthquake of 2010. From 2006-2009, he served as CRS’s country representative in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he led a staff of 200 and oversaw a range of activities which included programs in the areas of HIV-Aids, health, education, agriculture, disaster preparedness and response, forced migration, and human rights. From 1983-1997, he served in numerous positions at Catholic Relief Services that took him to manage and execute relief and development operations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the University of Scranton; a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh; and graduated cum laude from the University of Scranton, with a bachelor of science degree in human services.   


Danielle Grigsby is currently the Interim Director of Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) after serving as the Associate Director for 2-years.  Prior to joining RCUSA, Danielle worked as a Project Supervisor at the Resettlement Support Center-Africa in Kenya, facilitating resettlement of refugees to the USA.  Danielle also worked on Internally-Displaced Persons issues in Nigeria for the US Department of State, on coalition advocacy work for refugees across the Asia-Pacific based out of Bangkok, Thailand, as a refugee resettlement Case Manager for the International Rescue Committee, and for UNHCR-implementing partners providing protective services to Afghan and sub-Saharan African refugees in Moscow, Russia.  Danielle also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in sub-Saharan Africa before obtaining a Masters of Social Work from Boston College and completing graduate studies in Forced Migration at Oxford University, UK; she has dual-Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and History from Weber State University. 

Texas Grassroots Organizer: Ayesha hassan

Ayesha Hassan is Refugee Council USA’s Grassroots Community Organizer, based in Texas.  Prior to joining RCUSA, Ayesha worked as a Volunteer Coordinator for Refugee Services of Texas where she managed the resettlement agency’s local mentor and welcome team program among other community based programs.  Before working as a volunteer coordinator, Ayesha was a case Resettlement & Placement case manager and the Cultural Orientation specialist.  In these roles, she provided core services to newly arrived refugees resettling in Texas.  Ayesha moved to the USA from South Africa and studied Political Science at Texas Christian University.