Sarita Gupta is the executive director of Jobs With Justice and the co-director of Caring Across Generations. She is a nationally recognized expert on the economic, labor and political issues affecting working people across all industries, particularly women and those employed in low-wage sectors, as well as the changing nature of work in America. Sarita has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Politico, as well as on MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, PBS, CNBC and Fox, and writes regularly for The Huffington Post, The Hill and BillMoyers.com. As a key leader and strategist in the progressive, labor, economic justice, women’s and caregiving movements, she speaks regularly at conferences, panels and events. Recent appearances include the White House Conference on Aging and the Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act Anniversary.
Under Sarita’s direction, Jobs With Justice is leading the fight to protect and expand the ability for men and women to bargain by anchoring strategic campaigns and shaping the public discourse to generate power and opportunities for working people. Jobs With Justice brings together labor, community, student, and faith voices at the national and local levels to create innovative solutions to the problems working families face today.
In her role with Caring Across Generations, Sarita is spearheading a national movement to transform the way we care in this country. By harnessing the power of social action, social media and storytelling, the campaign seeks to spark connections across generations and to strengthen family and caregiving relationships. As a member of the “sandwich generation,” Sarita is grappling with and can speak to the care issues facing more and more Americans, balancing caring for young children with caring for aging parents.
Sarita began her career in the student movement while she was studying at Mount Holyoke College. After graduation, she was elected president of the United States Student Association. She deepened her role as a community activist and grassroots organizer while holding several leadership positions at Chicago Jobs With Justice and then with the national Jobs With Justice organization, where she became executive director in 2007.
Sarita serves on the boards of directors for several organizations, including the International Labor Rights Forum, the Institute for Policy Studies and the Labor Network for Sustainability. She is a Hunt Alternatives Fund Prime Movers Fellow as well as a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Training Program. Among the awards Sarita has received are the National Women’s Law Center Annual Leadership Award and Corporate Ethics International’s BENNY Award. Born in the United Kingdom and raised in Rochester, N.Y., Sarita currently lives in Silver Spring, Md., with her husband and daughter.
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All In With Chris Hayes, April 10, 2013