Women & Politics: The Politics of Labor Movements and Worker’s Rights

Today Sheri sits down with three leaders in the areas of domestic workers rights and minimum wage advocacy.

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Alexsis Rodgers 
Virginia State Director – Care in Action

Alexsis is a civic leader, organizer, and former candidate for Richmond mayor. For the past several years, Alexsis has been on the front lines advocating for economic security, voting rights, college affordability and quality health care. She currently is the Virginia state director for Care in Action, the policy and advocacy home for two million women domestic workers. This year, she led the way in making Virginia the first Southern state to pass labor protections for domestic workers, including nannies, cleaners and home healthcare workers.

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Tram Nguyen
Co-Executive Director – New Virginia Majority

is an award-winning activist and community leader who helped found New Virginia Majority in 2007, where she currently serves as Co-Executive Director. She leads multi-racial, multi-issue campaigns using large-scale civic engagement, community organizing, advocacy, leadership development, and strategic communications. Her leadership has helped expand the electorate to be more reflective of Virginia’s diversity, reshaping Virginia’s political landscape and building power for underrepresented communities.

Her work on democracy, criminal justice, immigrants’ rights, climate change, and economic opportunity explore the intersections of social, racial, and economic justice.

Tram currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Meyer Foundation and the National Advisory Council for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. She is a certificate faculty member at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Tram is an alumna of Barnard College and a former Lead the Way Fellow of the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

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Kristina Hagen
Virginia Campaign Director- Family Friendly Economy Virginia

With extensive experience in field, fundraising, communications, data analysis, management, and campaign strategy, Kristina Hagen has been active in Virginia politics since 2012. She has worked on candidate and issue campaigns at the federal, state and local level. Prior to joining the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, she spent five years with the Senate Democratic Caucus, developing and executing a strategic plan that successfully flipped the Virginia Senate from a Republican to Democratic control. Kristina cut her teeth as an organizer during her time as a student at Durham University. She now lives in Richmond with her husband, their little boy and their two cats.

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