Ai-jen Poo (Keynote)
Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic workers convening, out of which formed the NDWA. Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, Working America, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and the National Council on Aging. Among Ai-jen’s numerous accolades are the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, the Independent Sector American Express NGen Leadership Award, Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women list, and the Time 100 list
Luna Isamar Berber Flores (Youth Essay Contest Winner)
The EWOCC Planning Committee very proudly announces the winner of the Youth Essay Contest: Luna Isamar Berber Flores! She is a current senior at Castlemont High School in East Oakland, and has plans to attend Santa Clara University in the fall to study business and photography. She will be introduced by EWOCC Planning Committee member Bianca Suarez and will read her essay following the keynote address. Congratulations, Luna!
An excerpt from her winning essay is below:
“To ignore all that was going on at home, I focused on my studies and am now earning better grades. I push myself to do my best academically so that I can attend college. Earning a college degree will allow me to learn all that I can and will help me accomplish my dream of owning my own photography business.”