Patricia Campos Medina, Leadership Development Faculty at the Worker Institute, ILR, Cornell

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Patricia is a nationally recognized community, labor and political leader with more than twenty years’ experience on grassroots and labor organizing, coalition building, electoral campaigns at the local and national level. 

She is currently a leadership development professional with the Workers Institute at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, leading leadership development and educational programming for Local and National leaders in the labor and non-profit sector.  She is the President of Latinas United for Political Empowerment PAC of NJ, and a co-founder Board member of PODER PAC (Washington DC), two organizations focused on developing Latinas leaders to run for political office and increase representation of Latinas in politics.  

She is considered a policy expert on workers and women rights, voting rights, trade, and US immigration policy.   Because of her expertise on trade policy and worker rights, Patricia served on the Transition Team for Trade for President Barack Obama in 2008 and previously served as a staff member of the United States Office on Trade under Pres. Bill Clinton and Pres. George Bush.  As a political consultant with her own firm Campos Strategies, Patricia has worked on the electoral campaigns of Governor Jon Corzine, Mayor and Senator Cory Booker, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Mayor Wilda Diaz of Perth Amboy and many other state-wide races in NJ.  She has served on national roles as both Legislative and Political Director for several major international labor unions such as SEIU, UNITEHERE, UNITE, and as Deputy Director for LCLAA, AFL-CIO.

Patricia is the recipient of the Next Generation Leadership Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, which recognizes risk-taking young leaders who seek to develop solutions to the major challenges facing Democracy in a diverse society.  She was also selected as a Leadership Fellow by the Center for American Progress, a progressive think-tank based in Washington DC that seeks to develop the next generation of diverse policymakers and advocates.

Patricia is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Global Affairs at Rutgers University-Newark, where she is focusing her research on the integration experience of immigrant workers under irregular and/or temporary legal status.  She holds a BS and an MPA from Cornell University.

Patricia was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the US as a teenager in 1988.  She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband Robert and sons Diego and Enrique. 

She is a guest contributor to several blogs and publications and often appears as a policy commentator on UNIVISION, TELEMUNDO, and other mainstream local cable stations. She is fully bi-lingual in English and Spanish.

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