Cheryl Hamilton
Director, Suitcase Stories®

Cheryl Hamilton joined the International Institute of New England in the summer of 2015. Since graduating from Clark University, Cheryl devoted her career to advancing refugee resettlement and immigrant integration. She has more than fifteen years of experience in the field. Prior to joining IINE, Cheryl served as Associate Director for External Relations as RefugePoint, a Cambridge-based international humanitarian organization.

Previously, Cheryl 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 at 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 is also the creator and curator for IINE’s popular Suitcase Stories series that honors refugee and immigrant stories.