CIWO Fellows are a holistic part of our program and as practitioners bring their experience, expertise, and competence to all our areas of focus.

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Malini Cadambi-Daniel, Bargaining for the Common Good

Malini Cadambi-Daniel is a Strategic Campaign Director at the Service Employees International Union. Previously, she was Research Director for 1199 United HealthcareWorkers East as well as Committee of Interns and Residents in NYC. She served as a Commissioner on New York City's Equal Employment Practices Commission, is a board member for the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, and served as board presidents for New Immigrant CommunityEmpowerment and P.S. 174 Parents Association. She worked as a public school teacher in Oakland, CA where she was a member of the National Education Association and the California Teachers Association and served as a representative for the Oakland Education Association. 

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Kathleen Gaspard, Build the Bench

Kathleen Gaspard, Deputy Director of the Institute for Policy Studies, is a 2021 CIWO Fellow and Build the Bench Advisory Committee member.  The Institute for Policy Studies is a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. In partnership with dynamic social movements, the institute works to transformative policy ideas into action.

Kathleen has a lifetime of political experience at both the national and local level. Currently she serves as Deputy Director of IPS, a progressive organization based in Washington, D.C. Prior to that she was Chief of Staff at the Women's Bureau in the U.S. Department of Labor. Before moving to the DMV area, she worked in the Government and Community Affairs Department at Columbia University. She has a love for public service and a strong affinity towards her native New York City.

Photo of Felicia GriffinFelicia 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).

Photo of Maria Elva MaldonadoMaria 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.  

Photo of Norma Martinez HoSangNorma 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. 

Photo of Javier MorrilloJavier 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.

Photo of Elizabeth ParisianElizabeth Parisian, Incubated projects: Capital Strategies for the Common Good 

Elizabeth Parisian has worked in the labor movement for over a decade as a strategic campaigner, researcher and communicator on a number of corporate accountability campaigns. Elizabeth is currently Assistant Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), where she leads the Capital Strategies program, most recently developing campaigns to divest workers’ capital from private prisons and hedge funds. Prior to joining AFT, Elizabeth provided policy, research and communications support on a number of campaigns, including Hedge Clippers, Fight for $15 and Stand Up! Chicago, where she was Policy Director. She is also the author of a number of white papers and research reports, including “All That Glitters Is Not Gold,” an analysis of U.S. public pension funds’’ experience with hedge fund fees and returns, and the two part “Private Prisons and Investment Risks,” which exposes corporations, hedge funds and private equity firms that profit from mass incarceration. Elizabeth is based in Chicago and has a Masters in Rural Sociology from Ohio State University.