Current Executive Director is Ali Noorani, formerly with the Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.
Frank Sharry, now with America's Voice, was previously the NIF's Executive Director for several years.
[The National Immigration Forum is] the umbrella organization for high-immigration political advocacy, which works closely with sympathetic Republicans. But NIF is not like the conventional lobbying coalitions that exist on numerous issues. It was cofounded by the National Lawyers Guild in the 1980s, back when the Guild was a Soviet front group. The group's first head was Rick Swartz, a leftist attorney who cut his teeth advocating for Haitian illegal aliens and who, during a 1981 Senate hearing, likened the United States to Nazi Germany.