Board of Directors

The Working America Education Fund Board of DIrectors

President
Ellen Bravo is Director of the Family Values @ Work Consortium
, a network of state coalitions working for paid sick days and paid family leave. Starting in 1982 with the 9to5, the National Association of Working Women, she has consistently been a recognized expert on the issues of working women, as an activist, an educator and an author. She recently published her first novel.

Heather Booth, a partner at the progressive consulting firm, Democracy Partners, has been an organizer for more than 40 years, starting in the civil rights and women’s movements. The founder and long-time director of the Midwest Academy, she has helped launch organizations like Americans for Financial Reform, has advised myriad organizations and has mentored several generations of organizers.

Jane Fonda, actor and activist, became a champion of workers’ issues in 1980 when she produced and starred in the movie, 9to5. In addition to her remarkable acting career, which spans more than  five decades and includes two Academy Awards, she has consistently lent her voice and her influence to advance justice and human dignity.

David Medina is Co-founder and COO of Results for America, where he develops recommendations and bipartisan support for investing public funds in evidence-based solutions that can be taken to large scale. Among  his long list of accomplishments, David previously served in the Obama Administration as First Lady Michelle Obama's deputy chief of staff and as the Peace Corps' public engagement director.

Keith Mestrich is President and CEO of Amalgamated Bank. He joined the bank in 2012 after serving four years as the CFO of SEIU. A 25-year veteran of the labor movement with Workers United, UNITE HERE, UNITE and the AFL-CIO, he started at Amalgamated as Director of the bank’s Washington, D.C. office. Keith is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, has been organizing immigrant women workers for two decades, launching Domestic Workers United in 2000, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance in 2007. In 2011, she co-led the launch of the Caring Across Generations campaign to ensure access to affordable care for the nation’s aging population and access to quality jobs for the care-giving workforce. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2014.

Frances Schreiberg is Of Counsel to Kazan McClain Satterley & Greenwood. After practicing as a criminal defense attorney, teaching juvenile law, and supervising a criminal law clinic, Frances switched her emphasis to defending workers’ rights. At the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, she trained administrative law judges, attorneys and investigators; and she managed the criminal Bureau of Investigations at Cal/OSHA. She has served on numerous state and local OSHA committees. She was counsel to the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California before joining Kazan law firm where, among other things, she provides pro bono support to workers and unions seeking assistance with occupational safety and health legislative, regulatory and policy matters.

Rinku Sen is President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and the publisher of Colorlines.com. A leading figure in the racial justice movement, she has positioned Race Forward as a national home for media, research and activism on these issues. She serves on a number of boards and is an author and frequent commentator on racial justice issues.

Drew Westen, of Westen Strategies, is a Professor of Psychology at Emory University,
and  a noted  clinical, personality, and political psychologist and neuroscientist. He is the author of The Political Brain, and frequently comments on political and psychological issues on radio and TV, and in print. He has advised and consulted a range of candidates and organizations, from presidential and congressional campaigns, to major nonprofit organizations, the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses, and the AFL-CIO.