CIWO Fellows are an integral part of our programs, bringing their movement experience & technical expertise across all of our focus areas.
Maria Elva Maldonado, Build the Bench
Maria Elva Maldonado has worked in support of CIWO's Build the Bench program since 2015. She previously served as the Senior Development Associate and Director of Housing at CASA de Maryland from 2000 to 2013 and worked in legal and educational areas with labor unions both in California and throughout the US with the Teamsters Union. Maria Elva received her JD at Georgetown University Law Center and her BA from University of Texas in Austin.
Aquilina Soriano Versoza, Build the Base
Aquilina Soriano-Versoza is the Executive Director of the Pilipino Worker’s Center, a resource and advocacy organization that empowers the Filipino community in Southern California to improve the quality of their lives. The Pilipino Workers Center works to protect domestic workers and caregivers from overtime, wage theft and human trafficking. Aquilina also serves as the current President of the Board of Directors of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. As a CIWO Fellow in the Build the Base program, Aquilina supports efforts to implement new distributed leadership and membership recruitment models.
Javier Morrillo, Bargaining for the Common Good
Javier Morrillo joined CIWO as a Fellow in June 2019, after stepping down from his role as president of SEIU Local 26 in Minnesota. Under Javier’s leadership, Local 26 has earned a national reputation as a creative and risk-taking force for raising standards for low wage workers, especially immigrants and people of color. Javier’s experience and perspective will be an invaluable contribution to the CIWO mission of reimagining worker organization as he contributes to the development of the Bargaining for the Common Good program.
Norma Martinez-HoSang, Bargaining for the Common Good
Norma Martinez-HoSang works for the SEIU Connecticut State Council directing the CT Bargaining for the Common Good campaign to win lasting revenue for critical community services. She brings more than 25 years of community and labor organizing experience, beginning in California, where she led electoral and community based campaigns around an array of racial and economic justice issues. In Oregon, she worked for nearly a decade with SEIU Local 503, leading Bargaining for the Common Good contract fights for higher education and state workers. More recently she served as lead organizer in the home care division for SEIU 1199NE and organizing director for Make the Road Connecticut.
Denise Collazo, Build the Bench
Denise Collazo works on Build the Bench initiatives. Denise is a social justice leader, mentor to fellow women of color, and family work integration innovator. She started organizing with Faith in Action (formerly PICO National Network) before she became a Mom. Now, she's both a Mom and a Grandma! She has led electoral and ballot campaigns at the local, state and national level and raised $50M. She started as a community organizer in Oakland, CA. and now serves as Senior Advisor. Faith in Action is a national network of 54 federations in 25 states and D.C., which engages 3,000 communities of faith.
Felicia Griffin, Build the Bench
Felicia Griffin, Deputy Director of Partnership for Working Families, works on Build the Bench initatives. . At the Partnership, Felicia is responsible for strengthening and expanding the network's membership, supporting the leadership development of network staff and affiliates, developing emerging programs, campaigns and strategies that ensure that our local campaigns and organizing add up to building state power. Prior to joining the Partnership, Felicia was the Executive Director of the Colorado affiliate, United for a New Economy. Since 2002, Felicia has worked with labor and community partners on many campaigns, including increasing Colorado’s state minimum wage, increasing Medicaid enrollment for 80,000 children in New Mexico, passing statewide wage theft protection legislation in Colorado and increasing local funding for affordable housing ($150 million) in Denver, Colorado. She has a deep commitment to racial justice, and all the work she does has a goal of reducing disparities for low-income workers and communities of color. Felicia lives in San Antonio, Texas and enjoys spending her free time traveling with her husband and five children (three girls and two boys).
Jenn Round, Strategic Enforcement of Labor Standards
Jenn Round works on CIWO's Strategic Enforcement initiatives. Prior to joining CIWO, Jenn was Enforcement Supervisor at the Seattle Office of Labor Standards. Jenn has played an integral role in planning, implementing, and managing numerous legal programs, including overseeing the enforcement of Seattle’s labor standards laws, a culturally relevant program designed to reduce domestic violence in rural Alaska, and an undergraduate law degree program at the American University of Afghanistan. Jenn holds a JD from the George Washington University School of Law and a Masters of Laws degree in Sustainable International Development Law from the University of Washington School of Law.
Daniel J. Galvin, Strategic Enforcement of Labor Standards
Daniel Galvin works on CIWO's Strategic Enforcement initiatives. He holds a PhD from Yale University and is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. His research examines the relationship between labor and employment policies, labor market outcomes, changing forms of worker organization, and the politics of workers’ rights. Daniel has published empirical analyses of minimum wage noncompliance at the state level, including a study demonstrating that stronger state enforcement capacities and the introduction of higher penalties for noncompliance – especially treble damages – significantly reduce the incidence of wage theft. He has also constructed new data on the proliferation of state-level employment policies over the last half-century and analyzed the role labor unions and other worker groups have played in in their enactment. His current book project, supported by the Russell Sage Foundation, examines the development of alt-labor groups and the changing politics of workers’ rights. Daniel’s other work focuses on political institutions, political organizations, and public policy in the United States. He was awarded the Emerging Scholar Award from the American Political Science Association’s Political Organizations and Parties section, the E. LeRoy Hall Award for Excellence in Teaching, the R. Barry Farrell Teaching Award, and was twice elected by the Northwestern student body to the Faculty Honor Roll.
Cailin Daly Dejillas, Strategic Enforcement of Labor Standards
Cailin Dejillas works on CIWO's Strategic Enforcement initiatives, bringing a varied depth of experience in law and social movements. Cailin has been working in the legal profession for a decade and has held many roles at the Seattle Office of Labor Standards, including Senior Investigator and Supervisor, where she oversaw enforcement of Seattle labor standards and investigated cases. Prior to that work, Cailin was an attorney at the Northwest Defenders Association, where she represented over 700 people charged with crimes in King County District Court and Seattle Municipal Court. Prior to receiving her JD from the University of Washington School of Law in 2010, Cailin held a number of roles in the economic and social justice movement. As Legal Intern at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle, she prepared petitions for immigration benefits for survivors of domestic violence. As a Social Worker for the Domestic Violence Program in Alexandria, Virginia, she advocated for and supported clients, facilitated women’s support group, created a financial management program, and networked with agencies to provide services to clients. She gained experience organizing with the Washington State Democrats and economic lobbying experience with NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, where she planned and advocated for economic and international justice issues with the U.S. House and Senate.
Erica Smiley, WILL Empower
Erica Smiley, Executive Director of Jobs with Justice, was selected as the first WILL Empower Innovative Women Fellow in October 2018. As a WILL Empower fellow, Smiley is completing a book on a 21st century framework for organizing and collective bargaining, co-authored with Sarita Gupta. As a part of the project, they are also developing a culture change project that amplifies and distributes the book’s core ideas- including establishing the initial scaffolding for a modern school of thought anchoring collective bargaining as a fundamental aspect of a healthy democracy. Prior to becoming JwJ’s co-director, she held many roles at JwJ, including organizing director, campaign director and senior field organizer for the southern region. Smiley is known for developing innovative strategies to expand collective bargaining power, including strategies that position working people to negotiate directly with the corporate actors that impact all aspects of their lives.
Todd E. Vachon, Bargaining for the Common Good
Todd E. Vachon is the Faculty Coordinator of Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN) in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Todd’s research agenda is a theoretically and empirically driven effort to understand the structural origins and consequences of inequality and the struggles of ordinary people to achieve greater equality and dignity through education, organizations, and movements. To this end, he has published widely on labor and social movements, social stratification, and the intersection of work and environmental issues in journals such as Socius, Social Science Research, Labor Studies Journal, Sociological Forum, and the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. Todd is currently completing a book manuscript about the emerging labor-climate movement within the U.S. labor movement.