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Shawna Bader-Blau

Solidarity Center

Executive Director


Shawna Bader-Blau leads the Solidarity Center, the largest global worker rights organization based in the United States. Since October 2011, she has served as executive director of an organization of nearly 300 staff implementing programs in about 60 countries. Shawna is an advocate and activist for safe, dignified and family-supporting livelihoods. She regularly testifies as an expert on worker and human rights at U.S. congressional briefings and hearings. She organizes and co-convenes discussions on the protection of rights in times of closing space and increased impunity, and she represents the Solidarity Center around the world, promoting social justice, gender equity, decent work and more inclusive economic development and democratic societies. Prior to her appointment as executive director, Shawna served as the Solidarity Center’s regional program director for the Middle East and North Africa. She is an Arabic speaker and holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.