With spotlights on public figures, blue-collar workers and everything in between, The American Immigrant is a poignant reminder of the significance of immigrants in the building of our nation.

Immigration is currently one of the most discussed social and political topics in the United States. With many United States' citizens unaware of the human impact immigrants have and will continue to make, the goal is to engage people with these powerful stories and enhance the understanding one has of the necessity and the prosperity that comes from our nation's immigrants. 


The team

Congressman Gephardt served for 28 years (1977 to 2005) in the United States House of Representatives, representing Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District. Congressman Gephardt was elected to serve as House Democratic Leader for more than 16 years (1989 to 2003).  In his role as Leader, Mr. Gephardt emerged as one of the leading strategists of the Democratic Party’s platform and chief architect to landmark reforms in healthcare, pensions, education, energy independence and trade policy.  Congressman Gephardt retired from the U.S. Congress in 2005 to found Gephardt Group, a privately held labor relations consulting and government affairs firm.

Mark Russell is an author of over 70 publications and a traveler to over 70 countries, Mark is passionate about clearly communicating stories and ideas that add to the beauty and diversity of humanity. He has a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Auburn University.