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About Us

How do we ensure that our jobs are safe, satisfying, and secure in the 21st century? In what ways can working people effectively shift power in a rapidly changing economy? How do we create digital tools and communities for employees to share information, form collectives, and advocate for change? How do we prevent employers from dismantling hard-won labor and employment rights through increasingly sophisticated employer surveillance, data mining, and the fissuring of the workplace? At Coworker.org, we deploy digital tools, data, and strategies in service of helping people improve their work lives. Coworker.org is a laboratory for workers to experiment with power-building strategies and win meaningful changes in the 21st century economy. 

At Coworker, we invest in the brilliance of workers like you by hosting and promoting your workplace petition campaigns, prototyping fresh ideas for wielding influence in your companies and industries, researching answers to questions you pose to us about your working conditions, and leveraging our vast network of workers in a wide variety of industries to reveal new insights, analysis, and data about what’s happening in our economy. We support the leadership and vision of working people to imagine, design, and create our collective future.

Coworker.org is a nonprofit organization fiscally sponsored by the New Venture Fund. Contributions are tax deductible. If you have an idea to improve your workplace and are looking for support, or if you have a press inquiry, you can reach us at [email protected]. You can also contact individual campaign leaders through their petition pages.

To support our work, click here to make a tax-deductible contribution.

To give you a sense of the breadth and scope of our current work, Coworker.org staff are involved in the following projects:

  • Assisting drag performers in San Francisco who are campaigning to get clubs to pay, at a minimum, a $40 flat booking fee to all performers
  • Partnering with media organizations to gather information from workers at companies like Starbucks, Apple, and American Airlines about third-party benefits administrators and their impact on workers forced to interface with them to access benefits like workers’ comp.
  • Supporting the leadership of Rylinda Rhodes, former Comcast call center employee, who’s gone on to receive a Wayfinder Fellowship and funding from the TimesUp Legal Fund as part of her campaign to address sexual harassment in call centers
  • Partnering with a financial institution to launch a mutual aid fund to support workers in the tech industry engaged in workplace organizing

Our process is informed by experience.

Coworker is guided by nationally-recognized leaders.

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Michelle Miller

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director

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Jess Kutch

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director

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Aisha Satterwhite

Managing Director

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Tim Newman

Campaigns Director

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Michelle Miller

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director

Michelle Miller

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director

Michelle takes the lead on organizational development and fundraising. She also engages partners, allies and researches on questions related to the economy, technology and the future of the labor movement. She shares responsibility with Jess on strategic planning, programming and organizational growth. Michelle has published research and analysis on labor market impacts of technology in partnership with the Roosevelt Institute and the Century Foundation. In 2015, Michelle was proud to join President Barack Obama as co-moderator of the first ever Town Hall on Worker Voice, bringing the voices of workers directly to the White House. Before co-founding Coworker.org, Michelle spent a decade at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) where she used creative media and the arts to advance union campaigns. She is on the boards of Arts and Democracy and the Brooklyn Institute For Social Research, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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Jess Kutch

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director

Jess Kutch

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director

Jess Kutch is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Coworker.org. Jess has more than 15 years’ experience innovating at the intersection of technology and social change, building platforms and digital campaigns to shift power and win change. She is a TED Fellow, an Echoing Green Global Fellow, a J.M.K. Innovation Prize winner, and an Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellow. She lives with her family in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Aisha Satterwhite

Managing Director

Aisha Satterwhite

Managing Director

Aisha leads Coworker’s team of strategists and organizers in supporting workers, providing education and training and offering strategic support, data analysis and workplace advocacy tools. For the past 20 years, she’s been working at the intersection of human rights, racial and economic justice, labor, advocacy and tech and is a leader in the areas of digital transformation, advocacy and team management. She’s used technology as a tool to win advocacy, narrative and political campaigns and grow supporters. She’s worked in nonprofit, advocacy, education, and labor spaces, both in-house and on the consulting side, and has advised nonprofits, advocacy organizations, unions, membership associations, startups and tech companies in the US, UK and Africa around the best ways to activate external audiences and internal teams working for social change. Before joining Coworker, Aisha was a Managing Director for Blue State, a global digital strategy agency and tech company. She’s also led digital and communications programs and tech and product development projects at Human Rights Campaign, National Education Association, Service Employees International Union and One Economy Corporation.

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Tim Newman

Campaigns Director

Tim Newman

Campaigns Director

Tim helps people leverage Coworker.org’s tools and peer networks to influence employers and win change in the workplace. Before joining Coworker.org, Tim served as a Deputy Campaign Director at Change.org where he supported site users to run and win campaigns on the platform. He also worked as a Campaigns Director at the International Labor Rights Forum.

We’re humans, just like you. Together we can transform workplaces and the world.

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We are a peer-based platform designed to support workers of all kinds.

The workplace is constantly evolving — and so is Coworker.org. We experiment. We reflect. We ask “Why?” And then we do it all over again.

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Featured Projects

STARBUCKS EMPLOYEES

Thousands of Starbucks employees around the world have used Coworker’s resources to call for improvements in their workplaces.

COWORKER SOLIDARITY FUND

Coworker is working to launch a crowdfunded mutual aid fund.

GIG ECONOMY

Coworker is a place for continued innovation to ensure that the future of work is fair for workers.

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