Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services
Jason Belanger joins the YWCA in August 2022 as the Senior Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services. Jason has worked in the international development, non-profit sector, outside of the USA, since 1999. He brings 23 years experience in Deputy Regional Director, Country Director, and Project Manager roles, with a focus on serving vulnerable communities, including immigrants, refugees, and internally displaced persons. Jason is committed to the YWCA´s mission of ending racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. He is excited about the opportunity to make Tulsa a home for him and his family and to serve the multitude of refugees and migrants in Tulsa.
Jason received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of California, Irvine and master’s degree in Community & Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. He is fluent in Spanish, business proficient in Portuguese, and beginning French. In 2021, he earned a teaching credential from the State of Arizona Board of Education to teach social studies, grades 6-12. He and his wife, Lina María, are the proud parents of two boys, ages 14 and 12. Jason´s personal interests include swimming, reading, travel, and passing the water polo ball or american football with his wife and sons.