Sarita Gupta is the executive director of Jobs with Justice (JwJ) and American Rights at Work. Jobs with Justice is building a strong, progressive labor movement that works in coalition with community, faith, and student organizations to build a broader global movement for economic and social justice. In over 45 communities in 25 states, JwJ local coalitions are organizing to address issues impacting working families. American Rights at Work is an independent labor policy and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the right to organize and collectively bargain. By this fall, American Rights at Work and Jobs with Justice will emerge as one organization united by a common mission to advance workers’ rights and social and economic justice.
Sarita began organizing as a student on campus and was elected president of the U.S. Student Association (1997–1998). Sarita has 15 years of local, national, and global coalition-building experience through her time at Chicago JwJ and National JwJ. She has a long history of organizing at the intersections of workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, global justice, racial justice, and women’s rights issues and movements. In recent years, Sarita has provided leadership to various movement-building processes that have attempted to converge movements across different sectors in order to build the kind of power we need to make transformative change.
Sarita serves as co-director of Caring Across Generations, a national coalition of 200 advocacy organizations working together for quality care and support and a dignified quality of life for all Americans. Caring Across Generations is dedicated to building a movement of everyday people committed to transforming long-term care and implementing solutions to fill the care gap.
She also serves on the following boards: International Labor Rights Forum, American Rights at Work, the National Planning Committee of the U.S. Social Forum, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Inter-Alliance Dialogue/UNITY, the Institute for Policy Studies, Other Worlds Are Possible Giving Circle, and the Discount Foundation Board of Trustees.