Sarita Gupta is the executive director of Jobs With Justice. She is a nationally recognized expert on the economic and political issues affecting working people across all industries, particularly low-wage workers. Sarita has been named one of the 19 Young Activists Changing America by Bill Moyers and has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico, and The Hill, as well as on MSNBC, the former Current TV (now Al Jazeera America), and several international television news programs. She writes regularly for The Huffington Post, The Hill, and Bill Moyers. She is widely recognized as a key leader and strategist in the progressive movement and has spoken at several international union conferences and appeared on panels with notable figures including Senator Al Franken, Harry Belafonte and Gloria Steinem.
Under Sarita’s direction, Jobs With Justice is leading the fight for workers’ rights and an economy that benefits everyone by anchoring strategic campaigns and shaping the public discourse to build power 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 workers face today.
Sarita began her career as a community activist and grassroots organizer and played an integral role in the student movement as the elected president of the United States Student Association. She has since held several leadership positions at Chicago Jobs With Justice and then with the national Jobs With Justice organization, becoming executive director in 2007. Throughout her 20-year career, Sarita has worked at the intersection of workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, global justice, racial justice, and women’s rights issues. In recent years, Sarita has provided leadership to various movement-building networks in order to build the kind of power progressives need to make transformative change.
Sarita also serves as co-director of Caring Across Generations, a national coalition of 200 advocacy organizations working together for quality care and support and a dignified quality of life for all Americans.
Sarita also serves on the boards of directors for the International Labor Rights Forum, the Institute for Policy Studies, National Domestic Workers Alliance C4, Labor Network for Sustainability, and on the Discount Foundation Board of Trustees. She also serves on leadership bodies of the United Workers Congress and the Worker Institute at Cornell University ILR School. She is a Prime Movers Fellow as well as a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Training Program and a recipient of the National Priority Project’s Democracy Champion Award, Corporate Ethics International’s BENNY Award, and National Women’s Law Center Award. Born in the United Kingdom and raised in Rochester, N.Y., Sarita currently lives in Silver Spring, Md., with her husband and daughter.