Dear DC Jobs With Justice Family!

The time has come for me to transition out of my role as Executive Director of DC Jobs With Justice.  My last day as ED will be August 31, 2016.

I am eternally grateful for the 7 years I’ve been a part of the DC JWJ family so far – over three years on the Steering and Executive Committees, and over 3 years as the Executive Director.   When I think about what we’ve accomplished together in such a short period of time, my eyes well up.  Paid sick days! Wage theft prevention!  Minimum wage increases! Ban the Box! Candidate forums and GOTV!  Strong new contracts for grocery store workers, Verizon  workers, painters, and transit workers! Trainings! All the research and media! And that’s not even mentioning the work we’re on the verge of winning together right now: #DCJustHours #PaidLeave4DC  #DCfor15 and #OneFairWage

DC Jobs With Justice is a tireless, dedicated, brilliant group of people and organizations who I owe so much to. Thank you to all the people who’ve loved and taught and held me through these incredible years of growth – both personally and organizationally. Thanks to you, I am confident that DC JWJ and I will both step gracefully into the next chapter of our work.

Although I am stepping down as Executive Director, I am not leaving the movement or the city.  In fact, I am transitioning in order to continue growing the movement for implementation of workers’ rights, this time from the other side. My goal is to become a DC high road employer who leads by example and organizes other small business owners to do the same.  More details to come…

In the meantime, the DC JWJ board will be searching for our next Executive Director and we need your help finding  someone fantastic!  Ideally we hope to have someone ready to come on board around August 1, so please forward the job description, send us names of potential candidates (, or apply yourself ASAP.

The job description and application details can be found here.


In solidarity,

Nikki MG Lewis