Lowell Site Director and Director of Partner Engagement
Years of Service: 1
Cheryl Hamilton joined the International Institute in the summer of 2015. Since graduating from Clark University where she currently teaches a course on immigrant integration, Cheryl devoted her career to advancing refugee resettlement. She has more than fifteen years of experience in the field, including most recently serving as Associate Director for External Relations as RefugePoint, a Cambridge-based international humanitarian organization.
Previously, she served as National Coordinator for RefugeeWorks (now Higher Advantage), a program of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services in Maryland and Director of the New Migration Project and the Center for Preventing Hate. Between 2001-2003, Cheryl helped manage the unexpected migration of 2,500 Somali refugees to her hometown in Maine.
A relentless storyteller, Cheryl also wrote and performed a one-woman show entitled Checkered Floors based on the Somali resettlement to Maine. She routinely appears in storytelling productions throughout New England, including performing on The Moth MainStage in 2014.