Derecka Mehrens was named executive director in August 2013. She brings more than a decade of community organizing and civic engagement experience working in communities of color and with low and moderate-income families. As Working Partnerships' organizing director beginning in 2008, she was instrumental in developing organizing and campaign strategies to win policies that improved the lives of workers and their families, including the recent minimum wage increase in the City of San Jose. She led the organization's non-partisan civic engagement programs to engage low-income communities of color in Silicon Valley and statewide in critical public policy issues, particularly budget and fiscal reform issues. She also led community organizing work to improve worker health and safety and increase economic opportunity for workers. Mehrens is responsible for building organizational alliances and maintaining key partnerships with several organizations throughout California, including California Calls, the Bay Area Equal Voice Coalition and the California Domestic Workers Alliance. Prior to joining Working Partnerships she was a director with the California chapter of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), where she set statewide legislative priorities and managed organizing campaigns in 12 regions across the state. Mehrens is currently a board member for the Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice and California Calls. Mehrens is the daughter of a union construction worker and a community college teacher and is married with two small children. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in Sociology, History and International Studies.
The Leadership of The Partnership and the Affiliates