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.
CIWO Fellow, Build the Bench
Denise Collazo is a CIWO Fellow working 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.
CIWO Fellow, Build the Bench
Felicia Griffin, Deputy Director of Partnership for Working Families, is a CIWO Fellow working 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, CIWO Fellow, Strategic Enforcement
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.
Daniel J. Galvin
Daniel Galvin is a CIWO Fellow working on Strategic Enforcement initiatives. He holds a Ph.D. 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
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.