Our Team

Tech Worker Committee

The Solidarity Fund Tech Worker Committee provides worker-focused advice on
everything from fund disbursement and applicant eligibility, to high-level initiatives and future programs. Its members are current and former worker activists and organizers in the tech industry.

Damien Desfontaines,

Committee Member

Engineer currently employed at Google.

Laurence Berland,

Committee Co-chair

Terminated Google organizer, Based in
San Francisco, CA.

Chewy Shaw,

Committee Member

Engineer currently employed at Google, Vice Chair
of AWU, Based in the Bay Area.

Irene Knapp,

Committee Chair

Formerly employed at Google as a software
engineer, founding member of the Trans At Google
employee resource group steering committee.

Board Of Directors

Liz Fong-Jones, President

Principal Developer Advocate, honeycomb.io

Vancouver, BC

Meredith Whittaker, Officer

Faculty Director, AI Now Institute and Minderoo Research Professor at New York University

New York, NY

Michelle Miller, Secretary

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Coworker.org

Brooklyn, NY

Staff

Jess Kutch

Jess is the Executive Director the Solidarity Fund by Coworker, and the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Coworker.org.

Jess has more than 15 years of experience innovating at the intersection of technology and social change, building platforms and digital campaigns to shift power and win change. She is a TED Fellow, an Echoing Green Global Fellow, a J.M.K. Innovation Prize winner, and an Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellow. She lives with her family in Asheville, NC.

 

 

jess@coworkerfund.org

Antonio Aguilera

Antonio is the Director of Worker Resources and Training for both the Solidarity Fund by Coworker and Coworker.org.

He coaches and supports tech workers on accessing networks, skills, and tools to successfully organize for improving working conditions, and ethical practices in the tech industry. Antonio is an innovator at the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship, and worker rights. He helped develop an app for organizing low-income immigrant labor and domestic workers, and he serves on the national board of Social Enterprise Alliance. He lives in San Francisco, CA.

Antonio@coworkerfund.org

Kara Federico

Kara is the Fund Director of the Solidarity Fund by Coworker, and the Director of Operations for Coworker.org.

Kara has spent her career focused in operations, helping organizations develop the necessary infrastructure and systems to realize their vision and facilitate greater impact. Prior to working at the Solidarity Fund and Coworker.org, she served as an Associate Director at Arabella Advisors providing operational, programmatic, financial, and compliance support to a diverse range of projects hosted at New Venture Fund and Sixteen Thirty Fund. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Kara@coworkerfund.org

 

Donate to the Fund

shutterstock_1511484512

We’re able to commit 100% of the funds contributed online to providing financial support to workers in need. Join others in donating $25, $100, or $500 to the pilot fund today.

Stay in the Loop

Not looking to Apply? Receive updates and news about the Solidarity Fund by Coworker.