Erin Kesler works to promote the Democracy Collaborative's work as a Senior Communications Associate. Before joining our staff, she managed press outreach for the Center for Progressive Reform, a network of over 50 progressive legal scholars expert in the regulatory process. Erin worked with the scholars to educate the public about threats to environmental, public health and worker health and safety standards.
Previously, she worked as an investigator for the Government Accountability Project. While there, she worked with USDA meat inspectors to spearhead an investigation into a proposed poultry inspection rule featured on ABC News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. She also served as the communications director and research associate for Democracy 21, a good government organization working on campaign finance reform and government accountability. While there, she launched a social media strategy for the organization and worked to educate press about its legislative efforts in response to the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Erin also worked in outreach and new media for the ONE Campaign and taught civics as a program instructor for the Close Up Foundation. She holds a B.A. in politics and government from Regis College and University College Cork, Ireland.
With income inequality in the United States at record high levels, employee ownership is increasingly being lauded as a potential solution to spreading wealth more broadly. Most recently, research from the National Center for Employee Ownership released in May shows that employee owners have a household net worth that is 92 percent higher than non-employee owners. They also make 33 percent higher wages, and are far less likely to be laid off...read more
- Next City
A new article from Next City highlights the work of The Democracy Collaborative in convening multiple stakeholders in Albuquerque, NM around local hiring among healthcare institutions, universities, the City of Albuquerque, and the surrounding communities. The article cites The Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, OH as a model for equitable community development: