Who We Are
The Fair Work Center empowers workers to achieve fair employment. We are a hub for workers to understand and exercise their legal rights, improve working conditions and connect with community resources. We envision a society in which workers are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of class, gender, or race. We will work to ensure that workers are informed of their rights under the law and that employers are held accountable to labor standards.
What We Do
Fair Work Center provides the following support to workers:
- We provide resources outlining employee rights in various languages.
- We conduct know your rights and workplace health & safety workshops in various languages.
- We help workers navigate city, state, and federal government agencies.
- We provide free legal clinics for workers to seek advice about potential workplace violations.
Nicole Vallestero Keenan, Executive Director, nicole (at) fairworkcenter.org Nicole brings 11 years of experience in research, advocacy campaigns, civic engagement, racial justice organizing, social services, and community and business outreach. Prior to joining the Fair Work Center, Nicole served as the Policy Director at Puget Sound Sage – where she led policy analysis for labor standards and environmental justice. She has co-authored several publications on a variety of topics including financial capacity, income taxes, childcare, environmental justice and the economic impact of living wages. Her work has been featured in local, national and international media including the New York Times, BBC, The Guardian and Huffington Post. In 2014, Nicole received a 50th Anniversary Civil Rights Leadership Award from the Seattle Office of Civil Rights and Seattle Women’s Commission, and in 2015 she was named as one of “The 15 People Who Should Really Run Seattle” by Seattle Met magazine. Nicole served as Board President of the Asian Community Leadership Foundation until 2015, and serves on the boards of Working Washington and Climate Solutions. She has a BA in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary and an MSW from the University of Washington.
Liz Ford, Legal Director, liz (at) fairworkcenter.org As Legal Director, Liz is responsible for all intake, referral and legal clinic services at Fair Work Center. She has been a labor and employment lawyer for 25 years and is also faculty at Seattle University School of Law, Peterson Law Clinic. An experienced clinical legal educator, and she has also taught Labor Law, Negotiation, Dispute Resolution, Collective Bargaining and Legal Writing. Liz has strong relationships in the legal community, the labor community and with both law schools, having also served as Assistant Dean at University of Washington School of Law.
Samantha Keller, Program Director, sam (at) fairworkcenter.org Sam is responsible for overseeing the coordination and administration of all aspects of labor standards and health and safety programs at Fair Work Center, including planning, organizing and supervising program activities. Sam develops and implements racially just programmatic criteria, systems of community accountability and the programmatic vision for Fair Work Center. She also identifies and implements new program areas while considering staffing needs, budget and overall vision of the organization with the Executive Director. Sam brings 8 years of experience in event planning, union organizing, legal clinic coordination, and coalition organizing. She has worked at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Puget Sound Sage, UFCW and New Beginnings. Sam speaks Spanish.
Tam Huynh, Legal Clinic & Intake Manager, tam (at) fairworkcenter.org As Intake Manager, Tam meets workers experiencing violations and helps them navigate possible solutions. He is the first point of contact for most workers and referrals coming into Fair Work Center. Tam relocated from Colorado where he earned a degree in Business. He previously worked at Asian Counseling and Referral Services, where he provided jobs assistance as an Employment Case Manager with refugee and immigrant communities. His past experience includes working with at-risk teens, people with developmental disabilities and people experiencing homelessness. Before moving to Seattle, Tam ran group homes for children with developmental disabilities in Colorado. Tam speaks Vietnamese.
Ahmed Abdi, Outreach Manager, ahmed (at) fairworkcenter.org Ahmed is responsible for organizing and conducting “Train the Trainer” and “Know Your Rights” workshops for community partner organizations around King County. He also helps coordinate the Fair Work Collaborative, a coalition of 10 organizations committed to collaborate and educate workers on labor standards. Ahmed has seven years of experience in community, political, union, business and coalition organizing. He has worked at SEIU775, Working Washington, African Diaspora of Washington, Somali American Public Advocacy Committee, Jewish Vocational Service and Crest Services. Ahmed speaks Swahili and Somali.
Josh Fogt, Communications and Development Manager, josh (at) fairworkcenter.org Josh is responsible for creating, implementing and overseeing all internal and external communications for Fair Work Center. He is also works with the Executive Director to help sustain and grow financial resources for the organization. Josh has over ten years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors working on progressive policy development, advocacy and strategic communications. Locally, he has worked for Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Northwest Harvest and Public Health – Seattle & King County, as well as for Peter D. Hart Research Associates in Washington, D.C.
Hana Kawai, Operations Coordinator, hana (at) fairworkcenter.org Hana is responsible for keeping the office and Fair Work Center team running smoothly. In addition to her work at FWC, Hana brings 7 years of experience as Co-Director of All Girl Everything Ultimate Program (AGE UP) – a youth leadership, social justice and ultimate Frisbee program in Southeast Seattle. Hana also coaches ultimate Frisbee at Franklin High School, plays for the 2014 World Champion women’s club team Seattle Riot, and reads post-apocalypse sci fi by Black and brown feminist authors.
John Page, Community Facilitator, john (at) fairworkcenter.org John is dedicated to organizing and building relationships with workers in Seattle as part of our Outreach and Education team. One of his projects involves conducting formal and informal surveys, focus groups and listening sessions with workers throughout the region to explore the protections and benefits workers need to provide for their families in today’s economy. John also provides Train the Trainer and Know Your Rights workshops. John is also very active in the community as an active anti-racist community organizer with the Black Prisoner’s Caucus (BPC), the People’s Institute Northwest and the Village of Hope.