JoEllen Chernow

JoEllen Chernow

Co-Founder - Director of Worker Justice

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Jo is a survivor with a 20-year career in social justice and labor organizing, building progressive infrastructure, and winning critical policy fights at the national and state level. Prior to Survivors Know, she was Senior Director of Survivor Justice Programs and Campaigns at UltraViolet where she was responsible for corporate campaigning and the survivor justice issue area, including long-term policy objectives and cultural shifts. Jo also spent eight years at the Center for Popular Democracy wearing many hats, but always focusing on building grassroots power. Her passion is organizing workers while at AFSCME, UNITE-HERE, California Nurses Union, and UNI Global she led campaigns centering on the dignity of all workers. Jo lives in Chicago with her daughter and doggie.

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