About International Worker Alliance
A team you can trust.
At International Worker Alliance, we provide the full continuum of services starting with preparation of all application materials and coordination with recruitment operations in target countries. IWA capitalizes on our years of immigration expertise and management experience to make this process as easy as possible for you. Our promise to you is to deliver a highly capable, productive and trustworthy workforce. Learn more about the IWA difference by meeting our team.
Meet our Team
Ms. Valerio served for nine years at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in a series of senior leadership positions at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Most recently, she served as the Director of Management where she was responsible for all business operations for the agency of approximately 20,000 employees in every state and 47 countries and management of the over $7 billion budget. Among other areas, she oversaw the “C Suite” functions including Human Resources, Acquisitions, the Chief Information Officer, and the Chief Financial Officer. While at ICE, she prioritized strategic improvements to key business processes impacting budget formulation and execution and re-engineering key human resources recruiting and hiring processes.
Prior to leading management, she was the Director of the ICE Office of Policy where she provided strategic advice and counsel to leadership on significant issues impacting the agency including immigration enforcement, immigration reform, immigration and customs-related operational policy, and agency management initiatives.
When Ms. Valerio first joined ICE, she was Special Advisor to the Director, where she coordinated several strategic joint public safety and investigative initiatives with the Departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security as well as key agencies within the Government of Mexico.
During her time at ICE, she earned numerous Director’s Awards for her contributions.
Before joining DHS, Ms. Valerio worked for the Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Arizona, where she prosecuted hundreds of federal felony cases including sex trafficking, firearms offenses, immigration crimes and violent crime. She successfully first-chaired 15 federal jury trials and drafted and argued several appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Ms. Valerio served as DOJ’s first Resident Legal Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, where she implemented the U.S. government’s Global Trafficking in Persons program and assisted in the foundational efforts for the ongoing Mérida Initiative, a binational security and public safety project between the U.S. and Mexico.
Currently, she focuses her practice on assisting clients with complex visa denial cases, Interpol Red Notices, Office of Foreign Asset Control designations and related regulatory issues. She has consulted as an expert on immigration, homeland security, and management matters for non-governmental organizations, think tanks and foreign governments. Her input has also been quoted in NPR, CNN and other national outlets.
Ms. Valerio was a member of the federal Senior Executive Service. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in German, French and Italian. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Anselm College and a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University College of Law. She is a member of the Arizona and California State Bars.
Jason D. Hammond Garcia
Partner | International Workers Alliance
Senior Consultant | ESI
Jason D. Hammond Garcia started his interest in intercultural studies at an early age. Social Studies and History were the subjects of choice throughout middle school, high school, and university. Jason was a host for foreign exchange students with Youth for Understanding in MidMichigan in the early 90s, and continued as an ambassador throughout his university career.
Hammond Garcia completed several studies abroad, including archaeological digs in Israel and Egypt. Travels with the Billy Graham Evangelical Association during seminary also took him to The Netherlands and Belgium. Ultimately, it was this love of cultures and history that compelled Hammond Garcia to become an educator, spending several years as a Junior High Social Studies Teacher, and most recently, to become the longest serving Director of Human Resources in the nearly 150 years of the Phoenix Elementary School District #1.
Having studied several languages in college (Greek and Hebrew), it was a logical and intentional choice to add Spanish to Jason’s repertoire (currently at intermediate proficiency level). Phoenix being located in the Southwestern United States, and being in close proximity to Mexico, has become a large Spanish speaking population center. Over 95% of the District’s students have a primary home language of Spanish, as well as many of its employees. Recognizing that culture is transferred through language and personal interaction, Jason has gained deep insight into Hispanic culture. His recent marriage to a Mexican national has also provided personal insight into the stringent and thorough immigration process.
Over the past 10 years as Director of Human Resources for the Phoenix Elementary School District #1, #1, and President of the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association, Hammond Garcia has travelled Mexico extensively, recruiting and sponsoring teachers on a regular basis. Jason has personally made presentations on the American education system and the teacher shortage at many Mexican universities along the US/Mexican border. His speaking tour covered serval universities in Ensenada, Tecate, Mexicali, San Luis Rio Colorado, Puerto Penasco, Hermosillo, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juarez, as well as visits to Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Playa del Carmen. During his notable tenure, Hammond Garcia has built a multi-data point process to attract, screen, and select effective educators (please see attached article). The process includes online applicant tracking, an educator proficiency index, models lessons, online record management, and online interviews, as well as evaluations.
Hammond Garcia plans to partner with ESI to build a successful cultural and educational exchange program, together with universities in Arizona and Mexico to enrich civic life in both countries. Jason plans to conduct research throughout the stages of the program, culminating in a doctoral dissertation about the experiences.
Marco A. López, Jr.
President & CEO | Intermestic
Founding Partner | SkyBridge Arizona
Marco A. López, Jr. serves as the CEO of Intermestic Partners, an international business and investment advisory group that invests in, develops, and manages a wide portfolio of companies to maximize impact across borders. Marco also serves as a Founding Partner in Skybridge Arizona, the country’s first air cargo hub housing joint United States-Mexico customs.
Marco is a Senior Advisor to Mexico’s Carlos Slim, the Chairman of Grupo Carso, a Mexican Global Conglomerate with a market cap of over $12 billion, and is Senior Advisor to the Carlos Slim Foundation ($5.5 billion endowment). He has served as U.S. advisor to presidential campaigns in Latin America on topics of national security, border trade and commerce, and economic development. Prior to founding Intermestic Partners, Marco was Chief of Staff at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), managing an organization with a $12 billion budget and 60,000 employees.
While at CBP, Marco was instrumental in developing key international partnerships that strengthened security while ensuring the efficient movement of people and goods into the United States. He counseled the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Commissioner of CBP on the implementation of new technologies, human resources, and infrastructure to secure America’s Southwest border with Mexico. Additionally, Marco supported and facilitated negotiations with eight Latin American countries to secure regional participation in an important aviation security program credited with identifying and preventing the transit of dangerous people and cargo to the Western Hemisphere.
Before joining DHS, Marco served as the Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce. In Arizona, he served in various capacities including Senior Advisor to the Governor, Vice-Chair of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, and Policy Advisor for Mexico and Latin America. Additionally, Marco was the Executive Director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. During his time at the Governor’s Office, Marco played a vital role in policy development regarding immigration, border security, and trade. As part of his key responsibilities, Marco established relationships between the State of Arizona and foreign governments and leaders.
Marco has an accomplished public sector career: at the age of 22, he became one of the youngest mayors in the United States, elected into office at Arizona's largest border community of Nogales, Arizona shortly after graduating from the University of Arizona.
CEO | Maverick Consulting
COO | Homeland Security Philanthropy Council
Suzanne Barr has an extensive background in various aspects of law enforcement both at federal and state level. As a public prosecutor and as a practicing lawyer for over 16 years she bring the best of legal acumen in many aspects of law enforcement including but not limited to: human trafficking, financial fraud investigation, money laundering, intellectual property rights investigation as well as national security focused special investigations. During her tenure as the Chief of Staff at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 2009-2012, Suzanne oversaw its operations and managed the outcomes of both Homeland Security Investigation division with over 6000 special agents and Enforcement Removal Operations with 7000 plus deportation officers in 670 location at both domestic and international. During her tenure US saw significant number of criminal alien removals. In addition, she also had the responsibility of managing the agencies budget of over 5.7 billion and represented the agency with the White House, Congress, the Department as well as all other component agencies within DHS and the federal government specifically with the State and Justice Department.
Suzanne is a subject matter expert on immigration practices within the United States as well as immigration law. In coordination with Customs and Border Protection, she worked to make exit and entry at all U.S. airports both seamless and safe. Following ICE, Suzanne became a consultant working on immigration related matters for private companies as well as public entities.
Suzanne Is the CEO of Maverick Consulting and currently sits as the Chief Operating Officer of the Homeland Security Philanthropy Council.
Suzanne graduated from ASU Law School in 2003 and was admitted to the bar that same year.
President | ESI
Phil Tavasci is the President of Educational Services, Inc. (ESI), Arizona’s leading provider of employee staffing solutions for school districts, colleges and municipalities. ESI is the founder and leader of the return-to-work/phased retirement program for Arizona educators and the largest provider of substitute teacher services in the state. As President, Phil leads the strategic direction of the company while engaging with staff, client and partners. Most recently, Phil led ESI in the acquisition of another top staffing company to grow operations and expand services.
His career spans more than 15 years in employee staffing, benefits, insurance and investments. Phil began his career as a financial advisor at NYLIFE Securities, LLC. He went on to serve as as a partner of the employee benefits firm, Capital Financial, LLC., based in Scottsdale.
Additionally, Phil is a past member of the Northern Arizona University Alumni Board of Directors and served as president of the Alumni Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents and the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association serving administrators, educators and human resources professionals.
Phil holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing from the W.A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University. He is a native of Arizona and enjoys family life with his wife and three children.