Meryl Makielski is the Administrative Coordinator for the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights and Fine Art from the University of Dayton. She is a former fellow of the B. Robert Williamson Jr. Adaptive Leadership Fellowship Program.
Meryl’s work focuses on social work’s role in fostering connections between direct practice with immigrants, asylees, and refugees and global migration policy. Prior to joining the Zolberg Institute in September 2018, Meryl has worked with international non-profits and community-based organizations focusing on reintegration and capacity-building strategies. Her work primarily focuses on assisting migrants, homeless, and low-income populations in Chicago, Appalachia, New York, and with aboriginal communities in Perth, Australia. Most recently, Meryl held the position of K-12 Family Adjustment Counselor with Catholic Charities of Chicago’s Refugee Resettlement Program of Chicago, servicing families from Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Meryl currently serves on the Advisory Council of Arab American Family Support Center in Brooklyn.