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Kimberly Freeman Brown
Executive Director

Kimberly Freeman Brown’s tenure with American Rights at Work began with the organization’s inception in 2004 as its founding Communications Director. Prior to accepting the Executive Director post in November 2009, Kimberly served the organization as its Deputy Director. In the year and a half that she held that position, American Rights at Work significantly diversified its funding, doubled its staff size, and played a prominent role in workers’ rights legislative efforts. Before joining American Rights at Work, Kimberly served the progressive community as a senior communications strategist for more than a decade.

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David Bonior

David Bonior is the Chair of American Rights at Work’s Board of Directors and has served in this role since the organization’s founding in 2003. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, he served Michigan’s Macomb and St. Clair Counties for 26 years—the longest tenure of any Congressman from this district. When he retired at the end of 2002, he had held the position of Democratic Whip, the second ranking Democrat in the House, for 10 years.

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Reese Jimenez
Office Manager


Liz Cattaneo
Communications Director

Zoe Bridges-Curry
Press Secretary

Beth Handy
Deputy Director of Communications

Hilary Woodward
Online Advocacy and Social Media Manager


Alicia Daly

Director of Finance and Development

Nico Gittings
Accounting and Human Resources Manager

Ori Korin
Deputy Director of Development 

Susan Van Dyke
Development Associate and Assistant to the Executive Director


Erin Johansson

Director of Research

Erin Johansson has worked as a Research Associate for American Rights at Work since 2004. Her recent publications include "Checking Out: The Rise of Wal-Mart and the Fall of Middle Class Retail Jobs" in the Connecticut Law Review, and two American Rights at Work reports, Fed Up With FedEx: How FedEx Ground Tramples Workers’ Rights and Civil Rights, and Broken Promises: Verizon neglects its commitment to provide good jobs and quality service. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland College Park, and a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College, where she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Erin is a member of the Labor and Employment Relations Association and as serves as a Co-Chair of the Labor Studies Committee, and is a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

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Ryan Lamare
Research Analyst

Michael Wasser
Research and Communications Associate


Jane Norman

Director of Programs and Partnerships

As the Director of Programs and Partnerships at American Rights at Work, Jane Norman is responsible for the design, execution, and delivery of the organization’s programs, as well as overseeing external relationships with key partners. She shares the role of Deputy Director with the Director of Finance and Development.

As the first Director of Partnerships at American Rights at Work, Jane led the organization’s efforts to establish itself as a leading, credible voice in the progressive community and to broaden and diversify the supporters of workers’ rights.  Responsible for organizing and executing projects such as a three-city Human Rights Tour, a labor law reform conference in partnership with Harvard Law School, a multi-event campaign visibility launch with celebrities and legislative partners, a lobby day for non-labor advocates from around the country, as well as the first Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards, Jane also created and mobilized a diverse and effective coalition around passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.

Jane has over 15 years of experience specializing in the creation of strategic partnerships to advance social justice at the local, national, and global levels. She brings expertise in program development, design and implementation, training, coalition building and organizational management to every issue she tackles, whether it’s workers’ rights, HIV/AIDS prevention, or youth leadership development.

Previously as the Director of Youth Initiatives at Advocates for Youth, Jane directed a multi-year HIV/AIDS Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, led the organization’s lobbying delegations to the UN General Assembly Special Sessions on Children and HIV/AIDS, created the first National Peer Education Clearinghouse on adolescent sexual health programs, and created and trained a Young Women of Color Leadership Council and a Youth Activist Network. As a consultant to the United Nations Population Fund, she designed and led regional advocacy trainings in Nigeria, Bosnia and Panama.

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Nikki Daruwala

Founder and Director, Socially Responsible Business Program

Known as a catalyst for change, Nikki Daruwala’s career in corporate responsibility spans over two decades, bringing vision, dedication, and expertise in strategic policy development, corporate advocacy and partnership engagement, and management and organizational capacity expertise to her current position. She joined American Rights at Work in 2005 to launch, develop, and lead the innovative Socially Responsible Business Program. In this capacity, Nikki engages with responsible employers, investment professionals, and academic scholars who support ethical corporate labor practices and protect workers’ rights. At American Rights at Work, she spearheads all aspects of the Socially Responsible Business Program’s work including the production of several thought-provoking publications, and has presided over and contributed to the vast growth in visibility and accomplishments of the program. Nikki serves as one of American Rights at Work’s spokespeople on corporate and public policy issues, conducting briefings for a wide range of audiences, including the media and policy makers.  

Prior to joining American Rights at Work, she established, led, and managed the advocacy programs and strategies at Calvert Investments, including shareholder engagements on a variety of corporate responsibility issues. Drawing on her industry knowledge, she focused on the development and analysis of corporate practices and trends in labor relations, diversity and inclusion, sustainability including safety and health, the rights of indigenous peoples, and global human rights. As a result, she has worked with several major U.S. and international corporations in developing comprehensive workplace policies and programs. Previously, she was employed by the Food and Allied Service Trades Department of the AFL-CIO and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), where she contributed to and led national advocacy campaigns to help workers gain union representation and bargaining rights.

Nikki strongly believes in devoting time to community service and is an advocate for the rights of working people, women, and children worldwide. She is a founding member of the Child Labor Coalition and a long-time Girl Scouts leader. Ms. Daruwala  has served as chairperson of the Indigenous Rights Committee and the Diversity Committee at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and on the Shareholder Advisory and Policy Committee Board of the Social Investment Forum (SIF). She currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and the Board of Green America.

She is a graduate of Ithaca College and holds an MS in industrial and labor relations from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 

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American Rights at Work is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to promoting the freedom of workers to organize unions and bargain collectively with employers.


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