Colorado’s Labor Movement: Opportunities and Challenges
Ellen is currently the Executive
Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. She is the former Colorado State Director for America Votes and worked for 14
years with the Service Employees International Union and Colorado AFL-CIO. She
was elected the first woman president of the Colorado AFL-CIO in 2000 and led
the successful lobbying and legislative efforts for the organization for 10
Learning from Wisconsin's Struggles
Tamara Grigsby joined the Wisconsin Legislature in January, 2005, as
Representative to the 18th Assembly District in Milwaukee.
Grigsby’s path has been directed by her life in Wisconsin and her commitment to
strengthening the lives of children and families. After receiving her Bachelor
of Science from Howard University in 1997 and her Masters in Social Work from
the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000, Grigsby went to work as a family
social worker in Milwaukee. There, she focused on empowering struggling youth
and families in Milwaukee’s diverse communities.
RepresentativeGrigsby then joined the Wisconsin Council on Children & Families, as a
program manager, and lectured at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee until
her election to the Wisconsin Legislature in November, 2004. Working with the
Council, she collaborated on efforts to reduce racial disparities and improve
programs related to Wisconsin’s child welfare system. Early in her career,
Representative Grigsby's work quickly led to an interest in advocating for
changes to the institutions that affect struggling people throughout Wisconsin.
She became a vocal advocate, not only for
changes to child welfare and W-2, but also for improvements to education,
criminal justice, and all systems serving children and families.
her positions as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Children and Families and
Member of the Joint Committee on Finance, Representative Grigsby continues to
advocate for the same issues she championed as a local activist and social
worker. Her leadership has been recognized by organizations such as the
Flemming Leadership Institute and the American Council of Young Political
Leaders (ACYPL) and has taken her places as far as South Africa, Israel, and
the West Bank. As Representative to the
18th Assembly District, she is dedicated to being a “voice for the people”
concerned with the health, strength, and security of Wisconsin's families.
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