The Leadership of The Partnership and the Affiliates


Lauren Jacobs

Executive Director
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lauren Jacobs is the Partnership's Executive Director. She has been an organizer for 20 years. She began organizing factories with UNITE in the south and later joined SEIU. During her 17 years at SEIU she served in a number of roles, from organizer to 1st Vice President. Over the course of those years, she organized thousands of previously non-union janitors and security officers in three major metropolitan areas. She led contract campaigns for tens of thousands of workers in Boston and the Bay Area, which resulted in breakthroughs in wages, healthcare and other benefits. Lauren's most recent work was with the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC) as the organization's National Organizing Director. She led the organization's Dignity at Darden Campaign which challenged the world's largest restaurant company to raise wages and improve conditions for its 150,000 direct employees. Lauren also has a long history with Partnership for Working Families' affiliates. She served as a board member of Community Labor United in Boston and worked in coalition with affiliates across California and in Pittsburg and New York. Lauren is a proud native New Yorker, a daughter of Harlem, a fair-weather crocheter, and a pokey runner.