NASA Scientist, Immigration Lawyer named to HIAS Board

Posted on Mon, Oct 30, 2006 at 13:04 pm

(New York City)– HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, has named two new members to its board of directors: Genia Brin, of Hyattsville, Md., who is a scientist at NASA, and Suzette Brooks Masters, an immigration lawyer who practices in New York. At 125, HIAS is America’s oldest international migration and refugee resettlement agency, helping facilitate the safe passage, humanitarian needs and legal documentation for refugees.

“We are delighted to have these two remarkable individuals join the HIAS Board of Directors,” said Jerome S. Teller, chair of the Board. “Each brings with her an important perspective to help us accomplish our mission of rescuing Jews and others in need around the world and integrating them into new, secure communities in the U.S., Israel and elsewhere.”

Eugenia Brin is a scientist currently working on issues related to climate and weather forecasting at NASA. Along with her family, she resettled in the United States with the assistance of HIAS in 1979. Before being named to the HIAS Board, Brin had already accepted the responsibility of heading HIAS’ archival preservation project, which will focus on preserving the portion of the archives documenting the largest wave of Russian Jewish immigration to the U.S. “HIAS’ goal of preserving its archive is of utmost importance to the Russian Jewish community because it contains our history, and a record of our arrival in the United States,” says Brin. “This is something that our children and grandchildren will appreciate when they want to know more about their family history.” Brin is a graduate of the prestigious School of Mechanics and Mathematics at Moscow State University.

Suzette Brooks Masters is a legal consultant to a project co-led by Pro Bono and CLINIC to use Internet-based technology tools to increase the capacity of immigration legal services providers around the country to serve immigrants through improved communication and shared resources. She is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center. Brooks Masters is also a trustee and member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Long Range Planning Committee for the Lower Eastside Tenement Museum; a board member, serves on the Executive Committee, and chairs the Development Committee of the National Immigration Forum. She received a JD degree cum laude from Harvard Law School; was a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University, Kings College, where she earned a master’s degree in economics; and was valedictorian and a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Amherst College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics.