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Jenny Lau

Jenny Lau

Director of Programs & Outreach

Jenny Lau is the Director of Programs and Outreach at the Labor and Worklife Program, where she advances creative problem solving related to the world of work through program administration and strategic communications. Prior to joining the Labor and Worklife Program in 2018, Jenny advanced women in national and local politics through strategic grant-making and directive research at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation/Political Office and then as the Director of Scheduling and Special Projects at the Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Jenny began her career in politics and labor at the Chinese Progressive Association, where she engaged voters through targeted campaigns and organized immigrant workers around workplace issues as the Civic Action and Worker Center Organizer.... Read more about Jenny Lau

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Wilma B. Liebman

Wilma B. Liebman

Senior Research Associate

President Obama designated Wilma B. Liebman to be Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on January 20, 2009. She served as Chairman until August 27, 2011, when her third term expired.  Since then, she has been engaged in various advisory roles and consulting projects and has taught at several universities.... Read more about Wilma B. Liebman

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Celine McNicholas

LWP Fellow
Celine McNicholas is EPI’s director of government affairs and labor counsel. An attorney, her current areas of work include a wide range of workers’ rights issues, including labor and employment law, collective bargaining, and union organizing. She was a core member of EPI’s Perkins Project on Worker Rights and Wages Policy Watch, an online resource that tracked federal actions affecting working people and the economy during the first year of the Trump administration. McNicholas continues to monitor and analyze the Trump administration’s labor and employment policies.
Ashley Nunes

Ashley Nunes

LWP Fellow
Research on the impact of technological advances on workplace productivity

Dr. Ashley Nunes work explores how innovation affects markets. He is particularly interested in the ways technological innovation has impacts on economic outcomes among low-income households. Dr. Nunes was previously a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his work has been covered by The EconomistThe Guardian and The Financial Times among others. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where his research examined the scientific merit of raising retirement ages. 

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Rukmini Reddy

Coordinator, Labor Organization Innovation Initiative

Rukmini Reddy manages the Labor Organization Innovation Initiative’s strategic planning, pilots, partnerships, and day-to-day operations.

Prior to joining the Labor and Worklife team, Rukmini was Manager of New Profit’s Early Learning Fund, where she built community among early education practitioners and leaders, oversaw investment selection processes, and provided strategic support to the rapidly scaling organizations within the fund. Before joining New Profit, Rukmini engaged in research, data analysis, and project management to produce actionable recommendations for mission-driven organizations as a Consulting Research Associate at Root Cause, a nonprofit research and consulting firm. She also supported strategic initiatives at Root Cause, including the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and the Youth Violence Prevention Funder Learning Collaborative. Rukmini started her career as a Site Coordinator for LIFT in Chicago, where she managed a community resource center where undergraduate and graduate student volunteers worked one-on-one with individuals from low-income communities to find employment, secure housing, access public benefits, and obtain referrals for services like childcare and healthcare.... Read more about Rukmini Reddy

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Dora Sari

Dora Sari

LWP Fellow
Research on Labor and Trade
Dora Sari has nearly ten years of work experience on the labour field, with a focus on collective labour rights and relations. She has a background in international and national labour law and is currently pursuing her PhD in political science at the University of Geneva.... Read more about Dora Sari
Yu Shen

Yu Shen

LWP Fellow
Research on Economic Transition and Job Creation in China
Yu Shen is a PhD candidate of Economics at Renmin University of China. She is a visiting scholar at Labor & Worklife Program at Harvard Law School for the... Read more about Yu Shen
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Gevanie Thomas

Administrative Assistant
Gevanie joined LWP in June of 2019 as the Administrative Assistant. She works closely with the rest of the team to support and assist in the operations of the program. Gevanie received an AS in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University in 2017. Before joining Harvard, she spent 4 years as a medical receptionist in a Boston-area hospital. Her passion for helping others initially drew her to the medical field, but she was also drawn to LWP for the dedication this program has to helping solve issues in the workplace. In her spare time, Gevanie enjoys sports, music, volunteering, exploring Boston-area dining and traveling.
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