Who We Are
The Fair Work Center empowers workers to achieve fair employment. We are a hub for workers to understand and exercise their legal rights, improve working conditions and connect with community resources.
We envision a society in which workers are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of class, gender, or race. We will work to ensure that workers are informed of their rights under the law and that employers are held accountable to labor standards.
What We Do
Fair Work Center provides the following support to workers:
Memo Rivera worked with SEIU 775 for 12 years before becoming Interim Executive Director at Fair Work Center. Memo helped lead long-term care industry and nursing home union organizing campaigns in Washington, Montana, New Mexico, Massachusetts and elsewhere. Memo spent a year on assignment organizing gas station attendants and janitors in Mexico City. He managed the community organizing effort on the initial Working Washington field canvass of 100,000 homes in South Seattle and South King County, and he was field director of the multi-union SeaTac airport organizing effort leading to hundreds of airport workers organizing a union for the first time. For the past two years, Memo led organizing campaigns in Washington and Montana health care adding more than 2,000 new members to SEIU 775 in the last two years. In a prior life, he spent ten years as Director of Information Technology Purchasing for Mexico’s largest bank. He has a degree is in Mathematics.
As Legal Director, Liz is responsible for all intake, referral and legal clinic services at Fair Work Center. She has been a labor and employment lawyer for 25 years and is also faculty at Seattle University School of Law, Peterson Law Clinic. An experienced clinical legal educator, and she has also taught Labor Law, Negotiation, Dispute Resolution, Collective Bargaining and Legal Writing. Liz has strong relationships in the legal community, the labor community and with both law schools, having also served as Assistant Dean at University of Washington School of Law.
Yohanna is responsible for leading program operations, supporting the outreach team and collaborating with Fair Work Center’s strong network of community partners. She also works with the Executive Director to set program strategy. Yohanna recently relocated from New York City where she was leading operations and development at an international literacy-focused nonprofit. After earning her degree in Black Studies from Amherst College she led an employment services program at a mental-health based nonprofit in her home state of Vermont. She is dedicated to collaborative leadership and building resilient and inclusive communities where change can be imagined and implemented. Yohanna enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on and exploring the outdoors.
Ahmed Abdi, Outreach Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ahmed is responsible for organizing and conducting “Train the Trainer” and “Know Your Rights” workshops for community partner organizations around King County. He also helps coordinate the Fair Work Collaborative, a coalition of 10 organizations committed to collaborate and educate workers on labor standards. Ahmed has seven years of experience in community, political, union, business and coalition organizing. He has worked at SEIU775, Working Washington, African Diaspora of Washington, Somali American Public Advocacy Committee, Jewish Vocational Service and Crest Services. Ahmed speaks Swahili and Somali.
As a Staff Attorney, Katie is responsible for advising and representing workers in enforcing their rights under local, state and federal labor and employment laws. She also provides legal and technical support to our community clinic program and collaborative partners. Prior to joining Fair Work Center, Katie worked in private practice, representing plaintiff in employment discrimination and retaliation cases in state and federal courts. Katie also serves on the board of the Asian Bar Association of Washington, and has represented immigrant clients as a pro bono attorney for the Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project. Katie earned her J.D. from the University of California-Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and her B.A. in Public Policy with honors from Stanford University.
Andra is responsible for providing legal support to our intake and outreach program as well as technical assistance to our collaborative partners. She also advises and represents workers in enforcing their rights under local, state and federal labor and employment laws. Andra has been a community advocate in Seattle and South King County for over fifteen years. Prior attending law school, she was a family advocate for people living homeless. After graduating law school, Andra was the Justice in Action Fellow at Columbia Legal Services (CLS), providing critical legal support and advocacy that was instrumental in producing Seattle’s groundbreaking priority hire ordinance. Andra later joined CLS as staff attorney with the Institutions Project. Most recently, Andra was a Legislative Aide for Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. Andra earned her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law and her B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University.
Danielle is responsible for conducting intakes with workers who are experiencing a variety of issues in the workplace. She is the first point of contact for most of the workers and referrals who contact the Fair Work Center. Danielle worked on SeaTac’s $15 minimum wage campaign during her time working with Washington Bus, where she also strongly advocated for voting rights. During law school, Danielle interned with the Northwest Justice Project and the Northwest Consumer Law Center, working on various consumer protection related issues, including foreclosures and bankruptcies. She also spent time serving as a judicial extern for Justice Johnson in Olympia, WA. Danielle earned her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law and B.A. in Political Science, with departmental honors, from Seattle University.
Alex Gallo-Brown, Retail Workforce Development Coordinator. Alex is responsible for developing and guiding our Retail Workforce Development program. He brings experience as a community college instructor, labor organizer, published writer and poet, retail worker, and caregiver, among other vocations. Alex holds degrees in English and Creative Writing from Georgia State University in Atlanta and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He is passionate about empowering workers, promoting racial justice, preparing pasta puttanesca, and reading and writing poetry.
Josh is responsible for creating, implementing and overseeing all internal and external communications for Fair Work Center. He is also works with the Executive Director to help sustain and grow financial resources for the organization. Josh has over ten years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors working on progressive policy development, advocacy and strategic communications. Locally, he has worked for Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Northwest Harvest and Public Health – Seattle & King County, as well as for Peter D. Hart Research Associates in Washington, D.C.
Hana is responsible for keeping the office and Fair Work Center team running smoothly. In addition to her work at Fair Work Center, Hana brings 7 years of experience as Co-Director of All Girl Everything Ultimate Program (AGE UP) – a youth leadership, social justice and ultimate Frisbee program in Southeast Seattle. Hana also coaches ultimate Frisbee at Franklin High School, plays for the 2014 World Champion women’s club team Seattle Riot, and reads post-apocalypse sci fi by Black and brown feminist authors.
David Rolf, President
President, SEIU 775
Rebecca Saldana, Vice President
WA State Senator, 37th Legislative District
Marcus Courtney, Secretary
Rebecca Smith, Treasurer
Deputy Director, National Employment Law Project
Martin Luther King County Labor Council