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2018 Great Immigrants

The Honorees

Art Acevedo
Born in Cuba
Chief of Police, Houston, Texas
Matee Ajavon
Born in Liberia
Professional Basketball Player
Mohamad Ali
Born in Guyana
CEO, Carbonite
Ruth Behar
Born in Cuba
Anthropologist and Writer
Nicolas Berggruen
Born in France
Founder and Chairman, Berggruen Institute
Max Boot
Born in Russia
Military Historian and Columnist
Salud Carbajal
Born in Mexico
U.S. Congressman, California, District 24
Ana Mari Cauce
Born in Cuba
President, University of Washington
Bernard Cherkasov
Born in Azerbaijan
Executive Director, Cradles to Crayons
Kerron Clement
Born in Trinidad and Tobago
Olympic Gold Medalist in Track and Field
Rocco Commisso
Born in Italy
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Mediacom
Teddy Cruz
Born in Guatemala
Architect and Professor of Public Culture and Urbanization, University of California, San Diego
Elliott Erwitt
Born in France
Photographer
Adriano Espaillat
Born in Dominican Republic
U.S. Congressman, New York, District 13
Joachim Frank
Born in Germany
Biophysicist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry
James P. Gorman
Born in Australia
CEO, Morgan Stanley
Marina Walker Guevara
Born in Argentina
Journalist, Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting
Mona Hanna-Attisha
Born in United Kingdom
Pediatrician and Public Health Advocate
Oscar Isaac
Born in Guatemala
Actor and Musician
Pramila Jayapal
Born in India
U.S. Congresswoman, Washington, District 7
Dara Khosrowshahi
Born in Iran
CEO, Uber
Valentina Kozlova
Born in Russia
Former Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet
Daniel Libeskind
Born in Poland
Architect
Sheila Lirio Marcelo
Born in Philippines
Founder, Chairwoman, and CEO, Care.com
Martyna Majok
Born in Poland
Playwright, Pulitzer Prize in Drama
Sheila Lirio Marcelo
Born in Philippines
Founder, Chairwoman, and CEO, Care.com
Imbolo Mbue
Born in Cameroon
Author, PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Thomas Nagel
Born in Serbia
Philosopher, Rolf Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy
Shuji Nakamura
Born in Japan
Engineer, Nobel Prize in Physics
Kumail Nanjiani
Born in Pakistan
Actor and Writer
Yvonne Orji
Born in Nigeria
Actress
Carlos R. Ponce
Born in Mexico
Neuroscientist, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Antoni Ribas
Born in Spain
Physician and Director, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, UCLA
Regina Spektor
Born in Russia
Singer and Songwriter
Marcelo Suárez-Orozco
Born in Argentina
Dean, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Eugene H. Trinh
Born in Vietnam
Astronaut and Biochemist
Hans Tung
Born in Taiwan
Managing Partner, GGV Capital
Carmen R. Velasquez
Born in Ecuador
New York State Supreme Court Justice, District 11
Marina Walker Guevara
Born in Argentina
Journalist, Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting
Du Yun
Born in China
Composer and Performer, Pulitzer Prize in Composition