Ai-jen Poo is co-founder and executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, a nonprofit working to bring dignity and fairness to the growing numbers of workers who care and clean in our homes. In 12 years, NDWA has grown to include more than 70 affiliate organizations and chapters and over 250,000 members.
Under Poo’s leadership, NDWA has led successful campaigns to pass domestic worker bills of rights in 10 states and two cities, extending rights and protections to domestic workers for the first time, including paid overtime, safe and healthy working conditions, and freedom from sexual harassment. NDWA is currently working to get a national bill passed, and in 2020 launched the Coronavirus Care Fund, raising $20 million in emergency assistance for domestic workers in just the first month.
In 2011, Poo launched Caring Across Generations, a campaign to address the nation’s crumbling care infrastructure. More recently, she helped launch #MeTooVoter to hold politicians accountable and the Survivors’ Agenda, a survivor-led initiative to advance justice and shift the narrative around sexual violence in America. In 2019, with Cecile Richards and Alicia Garza, Poo co-founded SuperMajority, a home for women’s activism dedicated to training and mobilizing a multiracial, intergenerational community to fight for gender equity together. She also serves as a senior adviser to Care in Action, a nonpartisan group fighting for a civic voice for women of color, and she is on the board of MoveOn.org.
Recognized among Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Poo was also the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Grant. She has been a featured speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Skoll World Forum, and the Obama Foundation Inaugural Summit. She is the author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America (2015) and has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME, Glamour, and other publications.