ULI Co-Director Campos-Medina Honored Among Most Influential Latinos in NJ
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, PolitickerNJ named The Worker Institute’s Patricia Campos-Medina as one of 51 most influential Latinas and Latinos in New Jersey politics. PolitickerNJ describes Patricia as “key to tapping into Latino voting blocks throughout the state”, listing her alongside immigrant rights activists, elected officials, labor leaders and lobbyists.
Patricia joined The Worker Institute in January 2015 as Co-Director of the New York State/AFL-CIO Union Leadership Institute (ULI). The ULI prepares New York's union leaders to more effectively and strategically tackle the tough challenges now facing the labor movement.
In May 2015, Patricia represented The Worker Institute as a part of the official delegation of US labor activists and community leaders led by SHARE El Salvador to participate in the beatification ceremony of Monsignor Romero, the beloved Salvadoran Bishop who was killed as he gave mass in 1980 for his support of the poor and criticism of violence against civilians. Patricia is currently an advisor for SHARE’s Women Empowerment and Leadership Development Programs. This November, Patricia will be delivering opening remarks at the event Seeking Justice for War Crimes in El Salvador at the ILR Conference Center in New York City.
Prior to joining the ULI, Patricia's work included serving as National Assistant Political Director for SEIU in Washington, DC; National Political Director for Workers United, SEIU in New York; Political Director for UNITE-HERE in New Jersey, National Legislative Director for UNITE and Deputy Director for LCLAA, AFL-CIO in Washington DC.
She also has electoral and public sector campaign experience having worked for many national and local campaigns including Obama for America 2008 in NJ and former Governor Jon Corzine’s (NJ) re-election campaign in 2009; and recently as member of the Booker for Senate 2013 and 2014 campaign teams. She has served in the transition teams of former Governor Corzine, Mayor Cory Booker and President Obama. She is considered an expert on labor, trade and immigration policy.
Patricia is a graduate of the ILR School (1996) and the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, CIPA (2007).