New Leadership at the EJC
After four years of service to the EJC, Barbra Kavanaugh stepped down as Executive Director earlier this month. Under her leadership, the EJC achieved a number of victories and continued its strong tradition of working to secure workplace justice in the Washington, DC area.
To name just a few of the highlights, under Barbra’s leadership, the EJC helped to win passage of the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014, one of the strongest wage theft prevention laws in the nation; expanded out work into Maryland with a monthly clinic in Prince George’s County; and educated thousands of workers—including 800 in 2014 alone—about their rights through “know your rights” trainings, workplace canvasses, and community outreach.
Although filling Barbra’s shoes won’t be easy, we are incredibly lucky to welcome Keira McNett as our Acting Executive Director. We are excited to have an Acting Executive Director who is able to continue the EJC’s proud 15-year tradition and who is already a member of the EJC family.
As many of you know, Keira has been dedicated to the EJC’s work for more than a decade, beginning as an intake volunteer at the Workers’ Right Clinic while in law school, volunteering as an advising attorney, and then working for the EJC as a Senior Staff Attorney. Prior to joining the staff of the EJC, Keira was a labor and employment lawyer representing unions and plaintiffs in employment law and employee benefits cases.
Most recently, Keira founded First Shift Justice Project, a nonprofit organization she started with former EJC Legal Director, Laura Brown, with a mission to empower low-income pregnant women and parents to safeguard the economic security and health of their families by asserting their workplace rights.
Under Keira’s leadership, the EJC is looking forward to more great work ahead in the coming months, including a Workers’ Rights Educational Forum in collaboration with the Prince George’s County NAACP Branch of Maryland, the re-start of Workers’ Rights Clinics in September, and ongoing work to implement and enforce comprehensive workers’ rights legislation.
If you haven’t already gotten to know Keira, please come meet her at our Labor Day Breakfast on September 22! Thanks again for all you do to support workplace justice.