Kathleen (KB) Brower
Kathleen (KB) Brower is the key organizer and trainer for the Bargaining for the Common Good network. Brower served as the national coordinator for the first ever Bargaining for the Common Good in Higher Education conference with over 50 campuses represented. KB has significant experience in the labor movement: she organized with the janitorial staff on her college campus at William and Mary, she was part of a successful campaign to win collective bargaining rights for over 6000 home care workers in Connecticut at SEIU 1199 New England, she served as the Domestic Campaigns Director for United Students Against Sweatshops, where she organized students to run campaigns in solidarity with campus workers on over 100 college campuses, and she ran new organizing campaigns and worked with a broad coalition of students and community members to fight for a Community Benefits Agreement at AFSCME 3299. She also worked for the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, running new organizing campaigns and contract fights with nurses across the state. KB has consulted with a number of national and local unions, including the American Federation of Government Employees, with whom she leads trainings on organizing, worksite mapping and structure, bargaining for the common good, and working effectively with community partners.
Amy Carroll recently left her position as Chief of Staff at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), where she worked in areas of gender equality and economic justice. Prior to helping launch CPD in April 2012, Amy worked for more than four years with Make the Road New York, where she served first as the Supervising Attorney and then as Legal Director. Amy has previously clerked for a federal judge in the Eastern District of New York and worked as an Equal Justice America fellow with the Workplace Justice Project at Mobilization for Justice Legal Services. Before law school, Amy ran the Public Service Network at the New York City Bar Association. Amy is a graduate of the Yale Law School and the University of Michigan Residential College.
Maria Elva Maldonado
Maria Elva Maldonado is a fellow at the Rutgers Center for Innovation in Worker Organization and 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 received her J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center and received her B.A. from University of Texas in Austin.
Aquilina Soriano Versoza
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 Worker’s 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. Aquilina has joined CIWO as a Fellow in the Build the Base program, supporting efforts to implement new distributed leadership and membership recruitment models.
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.
Jenn Round is a CIWO Fellow working on 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.
Cailin Daly Dejillas
Cailin Dejillas is CIWO Fellow working on Strategic Enforcement Initiatives and brings 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 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. Smiley will continue in her role as co-Executive Director of Jobs with Justice (JwJ), alongside Gupta, while serving as a Fellow. 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
Todd E. Vachon is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations in 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.