Philip E. Wolgin


Chair, Governance Committee


Philip E. Wolgin is the Chair of the Governance Committee for the HIAS Board of Director. As a historian, he came across HIAS' work resettling Jews from Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th century, and then became active with HIAS after rallying with them for immigration reform on the National Mall in March of 2010. He served as Advocacy Co-Chair of the HIAS Young Leader's DC chapter from 2010-2011, and has helped organize fundraisers for HIAS operations in Israel and Kenya, as well as taking part in HIAS-led tutoring of immigrants and refugees at the Central American Resource Center in DC. 

Philip is the Managing Director of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress. He directs American Progress’ research and publications on immigration and has helped lead the team’s work on a diverse set of issues, such as immigration reform, child refugees at the United States’ southern border, border security, executive action, rebuttals to nativist claims about immigrants, and E-Verify. 
A native of New Jersey, Philip holds a B.A. in History from New York University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of California, Berkeley.