Who We Are
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:
- We provide resources outlining employee rights in various languages.
- We conduct know your rights and workplace health & safety workshops in various languages.
- We help workers navigate city, state, and federal government agencies.
- We provide free legal clinics for workers to seek advice about potential workplace violations
Rachel Lauter, Executive Director, rachel(at)fairworkcenter.org
Rachel Lauter is the Executive Director of Working Washington/Fair Work Center. Under her leadership, Working Washington/Fair Work Center has emerged as a national leader in raising minimum workplace standards through innovative organizing, policy, and legal campaigns. Rachel previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Appointments for Mayor Bill de Blasio in New York City. Prior to joining the de Blasio administration, she served as an Assistant Counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo and as a federal law clerk. She is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, where she served as President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the oldest student-run legal services provider in the country.
Danielle Alvarado, Legal Director, dalvarado(at)fairworkcenter.org
Danielle directs the Fair Work Center Legal Clinic. She works with her team to develop and implement innovative legal strategies to empower workers, enforce minimum standards, and shift the balance of power in the workplace. Most recently, she was an Immigrants’ Rights Staff Attorney at Takeroot Justice, where she provided direct representation, policy and technical assistance, and strategic campaign support to grassroots immigrants’ rights organizations and workers centers in New York City. Prior to that, she was an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow at CARECEN. Danielle has more than a decade of experience working in movements for racial and economic justice across the country, which has deeply informed her approach to legal advocacy. She speaks Spanish, attended Whitman College and Northeastern University School of Law, and is a proud past recipient of the National Lawyers Guild C.B. King Award. Danielle is admitted to practice in New York, and her admission in Washington is pending.
Paúl Quiñonez Figueroa, Political Director, paul(at)fairworkcenter.org
Born in Colima, México, Paúl migrated to the U.S. at the age of 7 to be reunited with his father. Paúl first engaged with government as a then undocumented student advocating for state financial aid for undocumented Washingtonians. Since then, he’s worked in campaigns and at the state and local levels of government, while continuing to organize for immigrant rights at the Washington Dream Coalition. Paúl most recently served as an External Affairs Liaison covering education, immigration, and civil rights issues for the Mayor of Seattle and holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Gonzaga University.
Josh Fogt, Operations Director, josh(at)fairworkcenter.org
Josh is responsible for managing operations, human resources, and many other special projects for Fair Work Center. 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.
Shawn Dhanani, Staff Attorney, sdhanani(at)fairworkcenter.org
Shawn litigates and advocates on behalf of workers in actions to enforce their rights under local, state, and federal employment laws. He conducts legal consultations, maintains a caseload of individual cases, and is working to design and implement other advocacy approaches designed to support enforcement and shift power in the workplace. As a law student, Shawn worked as an in-house legal assistant before interning at the Fair Work Center as a Rule 9 Licensed Legal Intern. Shawn earned his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and his B.A. in Law, Societies, and Justice from the University of Washington. He speaks Spanish, Urdu and Hindi and enjoys rock climbing. Shawn is admitted to practice law in Washington.
Emily Grove, Staff Attorney, egrove(at)fairworkcenter.org
Emily advocates for the protection and advancement of workers’ rights through her representation of individuals under local, state and federal employment laws. She provides free legal consultations and represents workers through various stages of dispute resolution processes. Before joining Fair Work Center, Emily practiced at a private law firm representing workers in matters of employment discrimination including, race discrimination, disability discrimination, age discrimination, gender and pregnancy discrimination, hostile work environment claims, and harassment claims. Emily earned her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington. Emily is admitted to practice law in Washington.
Ricardo Rodriguez, Outreach & Education Specialist, ricardo(at)fairworkcenter.org
Ricardo joined the Fair Work Center team as part of the alignment with Working Washington. He is the Outreach and Education Specialist for Fair Work Center and Field Organizer for Working Washington. He is originally from Mexico City, Mexico, although he and his family have called Yakima home for more than a decade. Ricardo has over five years of experience organizing and training workers in Yakima Valley, particularly among agricultural and warehouse workers. He has deep-rooted relationships in the faith-based and Latinx communities. He is responsible for training and educating workers in the Yakima Valley. In addition, he identifies, recruits, and develops worker leaders and activists to build worker power.
Doris Garcia, Outreach & Education Specialist, doris(at)fairworkcenter.org
Doris is originally from Monterrey, NL, Mexico and moved to Seattle in 2011. She joined the Fair Work Center after working as an organizer for the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights with Working Washington. She has over 8 years of experience as a nanny and has a strong commitment to building community through education, advocacy, and fostering strong relationships.
Mohamed Ahmed, Outreach & Education Specialist, mohamed(at)fairworkcenter.org
Mohamed Ahmed is the Outreach and Education Coordinator for the SeaTac Airport. Mohamed was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. His Family migrated to Pakistan and India at the age of 9. At the age of 12, he started translating for families going through the refugee process in Pakistan and also partook in his first policy protest in front of the United Nations office in Islamabad, Pakistan. Since migrating to Seattle, WA, Mohamed has been volunteering at many of the Somali Community events and organizations advocating for all aspects of social change and the needs of the immigrant communities in South King County. Serving as a community organizer with AL Noor Center, he partook in the fight for $15 minimum wage at SeaTac. He then as President of AL Noor Center partnered with Fair Work Center since it’s beginning.
Henny Ahn, Legal Clinic Coordinator, hahn(at)fairworkcenter.org
Henny is responsible for the coordination of intakes and administrative support for the Fair Work Center Legal Clinic. Previously, she interned for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s campaign and the Neighborhood Legal Clinics at the King County Bar Association. Henny earned her B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Washington.
Jeffrey Gustaveson, Communications Fellow, jeffrey(at)fairworkcenter.org
Jeffrey supports external communications for Fair Work Center and is passionate about collaborating with workers and staff to tell powerful stories that strengthen the workers’ movement. Most recently, he managed volunteer programs and digital organizing at Casa Latina in the Seattle area, where he was part of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights campaign team. Jeffrey is bilingual in Spanish and holds a B.A. in Politics & Music Performance from Whitman College. In his free time, he enjoys running and hiking, writing, meeting dogs, and performing music with various groups around Seattle.
Colleen Fontana, Outreach & Education Coordinator, colleen(at)fairworkcenter.org
Colleen is joining the Fair Work Center Outreach and Education Team for Seattle area workers. Most recently, Colleen coordinated the Worker Rights Outreach and Education program at Casa Latina, co-leading the Worker Defense Committee which organizes community members, workers and allies to recover unpaid wages through negotiation and community action. Additionally, she facilitated a group of worker advocates to support outreach to certain key industries such as domestic work and construction. She previously worked in a migrant shelter on the US/Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, where she learned more about our deeply broken immigration system and the power of education and information to build community resilience. Colleen is bilingual in Spanish and earned her BA in Journalism from Seattle University. She enjoys swing dancing, backpacking adventures in the nearby mountains, and exploring new local restaurants.
Zhi Chen, Operations Coordinator, zhi(at)fairworkcenter.org
A bio for Zhi is coming soon!
Catalina Saldivia Lagos, Law Graduate, csaldivialagos(at)fairworkcenter.org
Catalina is a Chilean American JD (2019) and LLM (2020) graduate in Sustainable InternationalDevelopment (SID) Law from the University of Washington School of Law. During law school, Catalina worked to advance the rights of farmworkers throughout Washington State and advocated for the rights of immigrants, asylum seekers, and people unjustly detained in the States and abroad. After graduation, Catalina worked as a consultant and interned for the United Nations in New York. Catalina earned her B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley and enjoys reading, photography and spending time with her family. She is excited to form part of the Fair Work Center’s Legal Clinic. Catalina is applying to sit for the February 2021 Washington Bar Exam.
Neil Damron, Staff Attorney/Stanford Public Interest Fellow, ndamron(at)fairworkcenter.org
Neil advocates to enforce and expand workers’ rights under local, state, and federal law. He conducts legal consultations, represents workers in administrative forums and in litigation, and advocates for improved minimum standards in the workplace. Before joining Fair Work Center, Neil was a student attorney at Stanford Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, a research assistant for former-NLRB Chairman William Gould IV, and a legal intern at both Legal Aid at Work and National Employment Law Project. He also previously worked at the Urban Institute, researching and evaluating workforce development policies. Neil earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Neil is admitted to practice law in Washington.
David Rolf, President
Rebecca Saldana, Vice President
WA State Senator, 37th Legislative District
Rebecca Smith, Treasurer
National Employment Law Project
Martin Luther King County Labor Council
Breskin Johnson & Townsend