Patricia Campos Medina PhD, Co-Dir., Union Leadership Institute & Extension Faculty, The Worker Institute at Cornell University


Patricia is a labor and political leader with a proven record of experience on grassroots & union organizing, electoral campaigns, government affairs, organizational management, higher and labor education.

Currently, she is the Co-Director of the NYS AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute, and an Extension Faculty at The Worker Institute, ILR-Cornell University where she develops curriculum and trainings in four core areas; leadership development, globalization, trade and immigrant worker rights policy. She is a faculty member of the National Labor Leadership Initiative (NLLI), a program of the National AFL-CIO and Cornell that seeks to advance the principles of transformational leadership within in the U.S. labor and workers rights movement.

Patricia is an advocate for women empowerment. She is the former President and current Board Member of Latinas United for Political Empowerment (LUPE PAC) in NJ and a founding Board Member of PODER PAC, two political action committees advancing women representation in government and politics. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for Eleccion Latina/Ready to Run, a joint program of LUPE and the CAWP-Eagleton, Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Patricia has been recognized as one of NJ's most influential political leaders by several publications: ROI-NJ News 2019 Influencer, lnsider, NJ's 100 Policymaker for the years 2019, 2018 and 2017; Observer/Politicker's 100 Power List in 2016; PolitickerNJ's Top 51 Most Influential Latino Leaders in NJ for 2015. In 2017, Patricia was recognized as one of El Salvador's "100 Most Influential Women in the Diaspora," an honor that she is especially proud of as an American citizen of Salvadoran descent.

Patricia's labor and political career began as a strategic campaigner and organizer for the former Apparel and Textile Workers Union (UNITE) in CA in the mid 1990s. Throughout her 20 years of labor experience, she has played critical roles in many labor rights struggles representing American workers as the Assistant Natl Political Director for SEIU; Natl Political Director for Workers United, SEIU; NJ State Director for UNITEHERE in NJ; Natl Legislative Director for UNITE; and Natl Deputy Director for LCLAA, AFLCIO. She has worked as a political consultant for numerous NJ races including Corzine '09 & Booker 2013 & 14 and Mayor Wilda Diaz, 2012 & 2016. In 2008 she served as the Labor Outreach Coordinator for Pres Obama's campaign in NJ, and later became an Obama 08 Delegate. She currently serves as the Vice- Chair for the NJ Campaign of Bernie Sanders for President.

She is a columnist to several publications including The Star Ledger, lnsiderNJ, Observer/PolitickerNJ, Latinalist, and She appears as a guest commentator on media outlets such as NPR Radio, CSPAN, UNIVISION and TELEMUNDO. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.

She lives in Califon, NJ, with her husband Robert, and sons Diego and Enrique.
You can follow her on Twitter @pcamposmedina or Linkedln at @patricia-campos-medina.

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