WorkRise engages a diverse group of stakeholders to inform our strategy and carry out our mission of rebuilding a more equitable labor market so that all workers have access to opportunity and upward mobility. Our Leadership Board, institutional partners, and other members of our network represent diverse perspectives across our core stakeholder communities. These communities include researchers and research institutions; employers and business networks; labor unions and worker advocates; leaders and practitioners in workforce development, economic development, and human services; policymakers at every level; and members of the philanthropic community.

Our stakeholders each have distinctive and, at times, divergent points of view, but they also share common ideas about how to create economic opportunity and mobility for workers in low-wage, low-quality jobs. By highlighting their unique perspectives, WorkRise aims to convey our inclusive and nonpartisan approach to developing evidence-based solutions for rebuilding a more equitable labor market.

Working Knowledge

Stakeholder voices February 04, 2021

Repairing Labor Market Institutions to Deliver Opportunity: A Q&A with David Autor

Autor, Ford professor of economics at MIT and WorkRise board member, reflects on raising the minimum wage, fixing unemployment insurance, and other reforms to ensure workers reap rewards from economic growth.

Elisabeth Jacobs

Stakeholder voices February 08, 2021

Bridging Workforce and Economic Development: A Q&A with Nicole Sherard-Freeman

WorkRise Leadership Board Member Nicole Sherard-Freeman shares insights on how Detroit is attracting companies, creating good jobs, and building a strong talent pipeline.

Elisabeth Jacobs

Stakeholder voices January 19, 2021

A Call for Innovation in the Labor Movement: A Q&A with David Rolf

The founder and president emeritus of SEIU 775 and author of The Fight for Fifteen shares why worker power is essential to building an equitable labor market where economic mobility is possible. 

Elisabeth Jacobs

Stakeholder voices December 30, 2020

Supporting Workers and Families through a Pandemic: A Q&A with David Zammiello

Project QUEST's executive director reflects on his organization's pivot to providing intensive coaching, mentoring, and other wraparound services entirely online.

Elisabeth Jacobs