Erica Smiley

Erica Smiley

Co-Executive Director

Smiley (at) jwj.org
(202) 393-1044 x121

Erica Smiley is co-executive director of Jobs With Justice. Prior to becoming co-director, she held many roles at Jobs With Justice, including organizing director, campaign director and senior field organizer for the southern region.

Smiley is known for developing innovative strategies to expand collective bargaining power, including strategies that position working people to negotiate directly with the corporate actors that impact all aspects of their lives. She has authored several articles highlighting some of the organization’s most exciting developments in the New Labor Forum, Dissent Magazine, the Journal on Class, Race and Corporate Power, and other publications. She serves on the board of the Highlander Research and Education Center based in Tennessee and is on the leadership council of the Workers Defense Project in Texas. In the past has organized with community groups and unions such as the Tenants and Workers Support Committee (now Tenants and Workers United) in Virginia and SEIU Local 500 in Baltimore. She was national field director of Choice USA (now United for Reproductive and Gender Equity—URGE) where she received the Young Women of Achievement Award in 2004, before joining the staff of Jobs With Justice in 2005. She is originally from Greensboro, N.C. where she is a proud product of public schools.