Leadership & Staff
Nicole Kligerman, Director
Nicole is a fourth generation Philadelphian who brings a decade of union and community organizing experience in Southeastern Pennsylvania working alongside low wage immigrants and workers to win improvements in their lives and build long-term social movements. Prior to founding the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, she was a union organizer with the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), where she organized nurses and healthcare workers across the state to form unions, build power, and win contracts that set state-wide standards for working conditions and patient care. At the undocumented-led New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, Nicole organized to end deportations and family separation, resulting in Philadelphia historic "Sanctuary City" victory which ended police-ICE collaboration in the city. Previously, Nicole worked as the Housing Coordinator for the refugee resettlement program at HIAS Pennsylvania. She is the 2019 recipient of the Crystal Eastman Award from PhilaPOSH and is a member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women.
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Barbara Izquierdo, Portable Benefits/Gig Economy Organizer
Barbara “Barbie” Izquierdo was born and raised in North Philadelphia in the Hunting Park section of the city. Since 2008, she has advocated for food justice, to end poverty and shared access to resources including mental health and drug and alcohol services. Barbara has organized behind victims of crime and domestic violence to empower and motivate others to use their voice in seeking justice. As the Gig Economy/Portable Benefits Organizer, Barbara works to organize Philadelphia's 16,000 domestic workers and ensure they receive the paid time off through Alia, an online benefits platform created by NDWA Labs created by and for domestic workers. This joint project between MIC and NWDA, made possible in part by funding from the Media Democracy Fund, supports an innovative breakthrough in providing legally mandated benefits for gig economy workers through the Philadelphia Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
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Marissa Piña Rodriguez, Philadelphia Field Organizer
Marissa was born in Jalisco, Mexico and migrated with her family to the United States at a young age. As a working class, undocumented immigrant woman, for the last eight years she has fought for immigrant rights, access to higher education, prison abolition, and for the rights of survivors of sexual violence. Raised in a family of domestic workers, and being a former domestic worker herself, Marissa is currently the Philadelphia Field Organizer at the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) where she is building a powerful movement of domestic workers led by member leaders. Prior to joining the NDWA, Marissa served as the Know Your Rights Coordinator at HIAS Pennsylvania and provided know your rights presentations, screenings, and legal referrals to unaccompanied minors detained under federal custody. Prior to HIAS PA, Marissa was a community organizer at the South Philly Latinx and immigrant rights organization, Juntos, where she helped lead the #EndPARS campaign which successfully forced the city of Philadelphia to not renew its arrest database sharing contract with ICE, thereby expanding Philly's current Sanctuary City policy and providing crucial protections to non-citizens.
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Founded in 2007, NDWA works for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers and is the nation's leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. The national alliance is powered by over 60 affiliate organizations—plus robust local chapters in Atlanta, Durham, and New York—of over 20,000 nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers for the elderly in 36 cities and 18 states.