Dr. Patricia Campos-Medina, PhD

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“Understanding Worker’s Rights


Dr. Campos-Medina is a visionary leader and educator with field research, policy, legislative, and program development background. She has a record of applied experience in developing strategic union organizing and electoral and worker justice community campaigns.

Currently, she is the Executive Director of The Worker Institute, ILR-Cornell University, where she oversees the successful management of the Institute’s vision and mission to advance collective bargaining, worker rights, and economic and racial justice via research and education on contemporary labor and workplace issues, to generate innovative thinking and policy solutions to problems related to work, the economy, and society.

Dr. Campos-Medina is a policy expert on workplace and labor issues, women’s rights, voting rights, immigrant worker justice, immigration policy, and US trade relations. She is the President of Latina Civic, an organization advancing economic and equity policies, and supports Latinas in the running for office. She is a board member of PODER PAC and the current PAC Chair for NJ Citizen Action. She currently serves as an Advisory Committee Member for ELLA Wins/Ready to Run, a program of the Center for American Women in Politics, and is a Visiting Fellow at the Eagleton Institute, Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Dr. Campos-Medina has been recognized as one of New Jersey’s most influential political leaders by several publications: ROI-NJ for 2021-2019; InsiderNJ 100 Policymaker in 2021, 2019, 2018, and 2017; InsiderNJ 100 Political Power List in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017; Observer/Politicker’s 100 Power List in 2016; PolitickerNJ’s Top 51 Most Influential Latino Leaders in New Jersey for 2015.

She is the Host and Executive Producer of Activista Rise Up, a forum for activists to engage everyday people in the work of promoting social and economic justice.

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