Felicia Escobar Carrillo, Chief of Staff, Office of the Director

Experience and Achievements 

Felicia Escobar Carrillo was appointed as the chief of staff for USCIS on Jan. 28, 2021.

Prior to joining USCIS, Escobar Carrillo served as the Director of Immigration at The Beacon Fund since 2017. Previously, she was a consultant for the California Community Foundation helping to implement the Los Angeles Justice Fund.

From 2010 - 2017, Escobar Carrillo served in several positions in the White House Domestic Policy Council, including as special assistant to the president for immigration policy (2014 - 2017), senior policy director (2012 – 2014), and senior policy advisor (2010-2012). She also served in the U.S. Senate as senior legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Ken Salazar from 2004 to 2007 and associate director of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee from 2003 to 2005.

Escobar Carrillo is a native of San Antonio, TX. In 2016, she received a Director’s Partnership Award from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She has also received awards from the Latina Lawyers Bar Association of Los Angeles (2015) and UCLA La Raza Law Students Association (2015).


She received an undergraduate degree from Yale University, a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and her Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law.

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