Patricia Campos-Medina

Dr. Campos-Medina is a visionary leader and educator with field research, policy, legislative and program development background. She has a record of applied experienced on the development of strategic union organizing, electoral and worker justice community campaigns.

Currently, she is the Executive Director of The Worker Institute, ILR-Cornell University where she oversees the successful management of the Institute’s vision and mission to advance collective bargaining, worker rights, economic and racial justice via research and education on contemporary labor and workplace issues, to generate innovative thinking and policy solutions to problems related to work, the economy, and society.

Dr. Campos-Medina is considered a policy expert on workplace and labor issues, women rights, voting rights, trade and US immigration policy. She is an advocate for women empowerment and serves as the current President of Latinas United for Political Empowerment Action (LUPE Action), an organization that focuses on advancing policies that empower Latinas via public policy solutions and voter engagement. She is a board member of PODER PAC, a political action committee advancing women representation in the US Congress. She is an Advisory Committee Member for Eleccion Latina/Ready to Run, a program of CAWP-Eagleton, Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Dr. Campos-Medina has been recognized as one of New Jersey’s most influential political leaders by several publications: ROI-NJ for 2020 and 2019; InsiderNJ 100 Policymaker in 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017; InsiderNJ 100 Political Power List in 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017; Observer/Politicker’s 100 Power List in 2016; PolitickerNJ’s Top 51 Most Influential Latino Leaders in New Jersey for 2015.

She is the Host and Executive Producer of Activista Rise Up, a forum for activists to engage everyday people on the work of promoting social and economic justice. For more information on her writing and work visit her website at or follow her on social media on Facebook or Twitter @Dr.CamposMedina.


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