The PFIR Team
Board of Directors
Frank L. Morris, Sr., Chairman
Frank L. Morris has enjoyed a long, distinguished and influential career, which has included serving as a consultant to organizations in the U.S. on issues relating to Africa and Europe.
He launched his career in Seattle in 1962 at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development after graduating university. In 1966, he joined the U.S. State Department and starting in 1969 served as the deputy regional coordinator for the Latin American Office of Program and Policy Coordination.
In 1972, he became an Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University in Chicago. He worked with the National Education Institute and the Community Services Administration and then joined the U.S. Foreign Aid Program to Jamaica, retiring as Deputy Director in 1983.
Morris then became the Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and was named Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1986. He joined Morgan State University, where he formed a partnership with the Hokkaido Foundation of Japan to teach Japanese, and then retired in 1996 as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. He was Visiting Professor in Government and Politics at the University of Texas until he retired in 1999.
Through the years, Morris has received numerous awards, including the Superior Honor Award by the Department of State. Among the numerous nonprofits he’s worked with are the Federation for American Immigration Reform (board member), Center for Immigration Studies (board member), Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (executive director), American Association of Retired Persons (board member), Court Appointed Special Advocates (board member) and Sierra Club (member).
Morris earned an MPA from Syracuse University. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT and later a Master’s in International Affairs from Georgetown University.
A longtime environmentalist who has worked with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the Sierra Club and the Wildlife Waystation, Ben Zuckerman is Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy and Research Professor at UCLA.
Zuckerman’s major scientific interests have been the birth and death of stars and planetary systems. In 2008, he was cited by Science for obtaining the first-ever image of a new planetary system. He has maintained a continuing interest in intelligent life in the Universe and developed the course, “Life in the Universe.” He also developed a UCLA Honors course, “The 21st Century: Society, Environment, Ethics,” and co-edited six books, including “Human Population and the Environmental Crisis.”
He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT and Harvard, respectively.
Steven Lamb is a fifth generation San Gabriel Valley, California, native, and attended school in Pasadena and at CSULA.
Steve’s early career centered around the restoration of architecturally significant buildings by world famous architects such as Greene and Greene, R.M. Schindler, Gregory Ain, H.H. Harris, John Lautner, Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright and others. Steve now has a design practice centered around environmentally conscious design and a consulting practice specializing in product development.
A long-time activist, Steve is concerned with homelessness, sex workers, police violence, land use and redevelopment, racial social justice and police violence issues. He is a past member of the Pasadena Strategic Planning Committee, The Altadena Town Council, the Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee where he was twice chair, The Board of the Altadena Library District, the Altadena Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Christmas Tree Lane Association Board of Directors.
He is President of the Society of Organic Architects and the Altadena Community Corporation, a not for profit focused on retaining and growing nonchain local Altadena Business.
Kevin Lynn, PFIR Executive Director
Kevin Lynn is the Executive Director of PFIR, an organization he helped found in 2008 to bring attention to the unintended consequences of unbridled immigration policies and guest worker programs that undermine the productive class.
Since assuming the Executive Director role in 2017, Kevin has worked to have the conversation with Progressives on how a more restrictive and better regulated immigration system will work in the best interests of all, and has extended programs under the PFIR umbrella, establishing U.S. Tech Workers, Doctors without Jobs and the Center for Progressive Urban Politics.
Over a multi-faceted career, Kevin worked for start-up technology companies, served as an Army officer in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and worked in business development for some of the world’s largest tax and accounting firms. Actively involved in politics through the years, Kevin has organized groups in Arizona, California and Texas, and worked on presidential campaigns and with the California Democratic Party.
Kevin was commissioned a Second Lieutenant following graduation from Kemper Military College and ended military service in the rank of Captain. He was a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young and worked as a Director with Ryan, Inc. in tax.
Raised on a small farm in Pennsylvania, Kevin is committed to the preservation of farmlands and historic buildings.
Joe Guzzardi, Writer & Analyst
Joe Guzzardi writes about immigration and related social issues for PFIR. A nationally syndicated newspaper columnist who has been an editorial page contributor for 30 years, Joe joined PFIR after a ten-year career directing media relations for Californians for Population Stabilization, where he also was a Senior Writing Fellow.
Joe taught English as a Second Language in the California public school system for two decades after a successful career in Wall Street investment banking and finance. He’s worked with several nonprofits through the years and was a candidate for Governor of California in the 2003 recall Gray Davis special election. Contact him at .
Maria Fotopoulos, Communications Manager
Maria Fotopoulos is responsible for development and management of content for PFIR and dissemination through traditional media and social media channels. Maria has worked on immigration outreach projects and written about the connection between overpopulation and biodiversity loss for nearly 20 years.
Before joining PFIR, Maria worked as an independent communications consultant for a variety of national and international corporate, nonprofit and quasi-governmental organizations. Prior to that, she worked in corporate communications with Nissan North America. Contact her at .
Maria Cuervo, Digital Infrastructure Manager
Maria Cuervo is responsible for all digital platforms that PFIR manages, ensuring seamless operations across websites and social media. Maria has an information technology background, including data management, website development and the user interaction experience.
Prior to joining PFIR, Maria worked for various government agencies and nonprofit broadcast media, including Wisconsin Public Television where she designed data systems and strategized the user experience across the station’s websites, including for online channel information display, fundraising auctions and projects in conjunction with partners and stakeholders.
Maria received a USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism for Website Development of an Election Coverage Website and a Milwaukee Press Club Award for website design and development. Contact her at .