Angelica Alfonso-Royals, Acting Associate Director, External Affairs

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Angelica Alfonso-Royals is the acting associate director and permanent deputy associate director of the External Affairs Directorate.

Before this role, Alfonso-Royals was chief of the Office of Legislative Affairs. She oversaw the work of 160 employees who manage USCIS’ interaction with members of Congress and their staff on matters of legislative development, immigration policy, agency operations, and individual cases of interest.

Alfonso-Royals served as the chief of the Office of Communications (OCOMM) from 2004 to 2016. In this role, she supervised internal and external communications, ensuring the delivery of consistent, clear, and timely information about the agency and the nation’s immigration system. Alfonso-Royals began serving as the deputy chief of OCOMM in 2009, became the acting chief in April 2012, and was named permanent chief in November 2014. She oversaw the successful communications launch of major initiatives, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the redesign of uscis.gov, the 2014 executive actions on immigration reform, and the redesign of the USCIS Today. She also spearheaded the use of social media at USCIS. Before joining OCOMM, she served as the first chief of Strategic Communications.

Alfonso-Royals has worked for five USCIS directors, providing advice and counsel on national and international issues.

Before joining USCIS, Alfonso-Royals worked as a press secretary on Capitol Hill. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in political science and journalism.

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