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Kimberly Freeman Brown

Executive Director

Kimberly Freeman Brown is Executive Director of American Rights at Work. As the founding Communications Director, Kimberly led the organization in exposing unionbusting in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and bringing the voices of prominent civil rights, environmental, and political leaders into the public call to fix our nation’s broken labor law system. From 2007 until 2009, she served as American Rights at Work’s Deputy Director.

Under her leadership as executive director, American Rights at Work has mobilized an online activist base of 170,000 to sign petitions, shut down switchboards on Capitol Hill, and provoke crisis responses from anti-worker institutions such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The organization has put solid new research and public education materials into the hands of national and state-based workers’ rights champions, and built a network of academics and pro-worker employers who serve as influential opinion leaders and experts in public policy debates. As an outspoken voice for workers’ rights, Kimberly’s editorials promoting organizing and bargaining rights, good jobs, worker safety, labor law reform, and retirement security appear regularly in major daily newspapers across the country, including The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. She has also appeared on Fox Business, CNBC, and been a guest on numerous radio programs.

Before joining American Rights at Work, Kimberly served the progressive community as a senior communications strategist for over a decade. Previous work as a community organizer shaped her creative approach to public relations and produced strategies ranging from staging mock funeral processions through polluted neighborhoods to preparing youth and community members to demand justice in international forums at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. She is the former Communications Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, where she developed and managed national and international media campaigns on domestic social justice issues and international human rights. As an independent public relations consultant, she designed national public relations projects for clients including the Children’s Defense Fund, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, the Peace Development Fund, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Kimberly currently serves on the board of Jobs with Justice, a national network of labor, religious, student, and community coalitions committed to achieving justice in workplaces and communities in 40 cities and 25 states. She also serves on the board of the Grassroots Policy Project, a national nonprofit that resources a broad cross-section of progressive organizations across the U.S. with programs that combine political and popular education with strategic planning, leadership, and organizational development.


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