We are thrilled to welcome Danielle Alvarado as the new Executive Director of Fair Work Center and Working Washington. Danielle brings an unwavering commitment to racial and economic justice, a clear vision for building a powerful movement of working people, and a strong track record of success in delivering for workers. We are proud to promote a strong internal leader able to both ensure continuity in the organization’s strengths as well as innovate in our efforts to build power for workers.
We are at a critical juncture as an organization. We have won groundbreaking new protections for domestic workers and gig workers in Seattle, developed education programs that reach low-wage workers across the state, and have recovered $1.5M in stolen wages through our legal clinic. We are poised to be able to expand our impact, sharpen our focus on key worker issues, and to create powerful new coalitions of working people across the state. Danielle has been instrumental in much of this success, and is exceptionally well prepared to lead us in this next phase.
New leaders — particularly women, people of color, and first time Executive Directors — are often expected to succeed without the resources and support they need. We are committed to ensuring that Danielle is set up for success and supported with the resources she needs to lead us into our next phase as a fully merged organization.
We’ve set a goal of raising $150,000 for a transition fund to support priorities including:
- Professional leadership coaching and consulting to work with Danielle and the board to develop and execute a transition plan.
- Capacity building and coaching for the Leadership Team, to ensure that Danielle has a strong group of internal leaders ready to move the work with her.
- Initial support for new initiatives Danielle seeks to develop, particularly strengthening our capacity to center the needs of immigrant workers, to develop a race equity framework across the organization, and to expand our geographic reach across the state.
- Strategically addressing current staffing gaps essential to the success of the organization, in alignment with Danielle’s vision for the direction of the organization.
Several of our key allies and funders have already seeded the fund with $25,000. We invite you to support Danielle by contributing what you can to help ensure she can rely on the resources she needs to lead and grow this organization at this pivotal time.