Person

Sarita Gupta

Nationality:

British

American

Occupation:

Co-Executive Director, Jobs with Justice

Co-Director, Caring Across Generations

Education:

The Harley School (1992)

Mount Holyoke College (1992-1996)

Spouse:

Eddie Acosta

Residence:

Silver Spring, MD

Sarita Gupta is a left-of-center activist who currently serves as co-executive director of the labor-union-aligned advocacy group Jobs With Justice and as co-director of the union-associated healthcare advocacy group Caring Across Generations. Gupta’s radical associations include greeting the 7th National Convention of the Young Communist League. [1]

After graduating college in 1996, Gupta became president of the left-of-center United States Student Association until 1998. She subsequently joined Jobs with Justice, a national coalition of worker centers and left-wing advocacy groups that partnered with the AFL-CIO. [2]

Gupta has appeared at the Aspen Institute and on multiple media networks including MSNBC and Al Jazeera America. [3] [4]

Early Life

Sarita Gupta was born in the United Kingdom but immigrated to the United States and grew up in Rochester, New York. Gupta graduated from The Harley School, a college preparatory, independent day school in Rochester in 1992. [5] She then attended Mount Holyoke College from 1992 until she graduated in 1996. [6]

After her graduation, Gupta was elected vice-president of the AFL-CIO-funded United States Student Association (USSA) until 1997 before becoming president of the association until 1998. [7] During her time at USSA, Gupta helped develop the Student Labor Action Project,[8] a joint initiative of USSA and Jobs with Justice that promotes student engagement in left-wing economic campaigns. [9]

Gupta currently lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. with her husband and daughter. [10]

Career

After her presidency at USSA, Sarita Gupta became the executive director for the Chicago arm of Jobs with Justice (JWJ), a coalition of worker centers and left-wing advocacy groups formed in 1987 that partnered with the AFL-CIO. [11] During this time, Gupta helped increase the size of the JWJ coalition to over 70 organizations and unions during her time in that position. [12] She fulfilled this role until October 2002 when she began working as a field organizer for the national arm of Jobs with Justice. [13]

Gupta progressed into the role of national field director for JWJ in 2004 until 2007. She oversaw and led strategic programs that promoted left-wing policies[14] on issues such as health care, immigrant workers, and collective bargaining. [15]

Gupta became JWJ executive director in 2007 and carried out that role until July 2018, when she became a Co-Executive Director, a job which she holds at present. [16] She is also Co-Director at Caring Across Generations,[17] a campaign launched in 2007 by the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and JWJ that focuses on enacting government-funded care for the elderly and disabled. [18]

Public Speaking and Media Appearances

Sarita Gupta appeared as a guest speaker at the Young Communist League (YCL) 7th National Convention in 2002. She was introduced as “coordinator of Chicago JwJ and former president of USSA” and spoke alongside then-USSA president Jo’ie Taylor. [19] [20]

Gupta testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on “An Examination of the Administration’s Overtime Rule and the Rising Costs of Doing Business,” in May 2016. [21]

She also spoke at the Aspen Institute on “The Justice System and Jobs: How Court Decisions Are Shaping Americans’ Work Lives” in September 2018. [22]

Gupta spoke at numerous panels and events sponsored by the Obama administration including the White House Summit on Worker Voice, the White House Conference on Aging, and the United State of Women Summit. She also spoke at the 2019 Jerry Wurf Memorial Forum on “Workers, Equality, and Democracy: How Labor and Its Partners Should Think About the Future.” [23]

Gupta has appeared on multiple media networks such as MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, PBS, CNBC, and Fox News. She has had articles published in The Huffington Post, The Hill and BillMoyers.com and is also featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Politico.

Gupta, alongside the Institute for Policy Studies’ (IPS) executive director John Cavanagh, wrote an article for IPS in 2009 during the Obama administration, calling for a “full-scale emergency relief plan.”[24] that would cost the country “roughly $400 billion.” [25]

Gupta also wrote in a Medium piece titled “As CEOs Distance Themselves from Trump, Their Businesses Continue to Profit from White Supremacy,” that President Trump’s “misogyny, islamophobia, xenophobia, and attacks on LGBTQ Americans,” were not enough for CEO’s to distance themselves from him. She also claimed President Trump has “sympathy for Nazis,” and holds stances “rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, and discrimination.” [26] [27] [28]

Gupta currently serves on the following boards and Steering Committees: National Organizers Forum, the Inter-Alliance Dialogue, International Labor Rights Forum, the National Planning Committee of the U.S. Social Forum, The Discount Foundation Board of Trustees, Other Worlds is Possible Giving Circle,[29] he Workers Lab, the Domestic Workers Legacy Fund, General Service Foundation, Restaurant Opportunities Center United, Institute for Policy Studies and the Labor Network for Sustainability. [30]

Jobs with Justice, where Gupta is Co-Executive Director, and its affiliates have received a substantial amount of funding from the Ford Foundation. Between 2013 and 2016, JWJ and its subsidiaries have received nearly $4 million from the Ford Foundation, as well as funding from the Surdna Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and many others. [31]

Awards

Gupta has received the National Priority Project’s Democracy Champion Award and Corporate Ethics International’s BENNY Award,[32] the National Women’s Law Center Annual Leadership Award, the Francis Perkins Open Door Award, Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Achievement Award. [33] She was also named one of the “19 Young Activists Changing America” by left-wing journalist Bill Moyers[34] and one of 2016’s Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue. [35]

References

  1. Webb, Susan. “Young Communist League Meet: Lively, Diverse, Activist.” People’s World. November 28, 2002. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/young-communist-league-meet-lively-diverse-activist/.
  2. “Serita Gupta.” The Huffington Post. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/sarita-gupta?guccounter=1&guce_referrer_us=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_cs=x6s4QT37SJMsZhF-jhq3WQ.
  3. “The Justice System and Jobs: How Court Decisions Are Shaping Americans’ Work Lives.” The Aspen Institute. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://www.aspeninstitute.org/events/the-justice-system-and-jobs-how-court-decisions-are-shaping-americans-work-lives/.
  4. “Sarita Gupta.” TheNextSystem.org. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://thenextsystem.org/sarita-gupta.
  5. Lange, Lisa, and Lisalange. “Becoming Magazine.” Issuu. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://issuu.com/lisalange/docs/becoming.2010/38.

  6. “Sarita Gupta.” TheNextSystem.org. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://thenextsystem.org/sarita-gupta.
  7. “Sarita Gupta.” TheNextSystem.org. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://thenextsystem.org/sarita-gupta.
  8. “Serita Gupta.” The Huffington Post. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/sarita-gupta?guccounter=1&guce_referrer_us=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_cs=x6s4QT37SJMsZhF-jhq3WQ.
  9. “Issues – My CMS.” My CMS. Accessed February 21, 2019. http://studentlabor.org/category/issues/.
  10. “Sarita Gupta.” TheNextSystem.org. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://thenextsystem.org/sarita-gupta.
  11. Admin. “Partnerships & Projects – Jobs With Justice.” Jobs With Justice. June 01, 2015. Accessed February 21, 2019. http://www.jwj.org/about-us/partnerships.
  12. “Serita Gupta.” The Huffington Post. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/sarita-gupta?guccounter=1&guce_referrer_us=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_cs=x6s4QT37SJMsZhF-jhq3WQ.
  13. “Sarita Gupta.” LinkedIn. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://www.linkedin.com/in/saritasgupta.
  14. Admin. “Issues – Jobs With Justice.” Jobs With Justice. December 09, 2013. Accessed February 21, 2019. http://www.jwj.org/our-work/issues.
  15. “Serita Gupta.” The Huffington Post. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/sarita-gupta?guccounter=1&guce_referrer_us=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_cs=x6s4QT37SJMsZhF-jhq3WQ.
  16. “Sarita Gupta.” LinkedIn. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://www.linkedin.com/in/saritasgupta.
  17. “Sarita Gupta.” LinkedIn. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://www.linkedin.com/in/saritasgupta.
  18. “Policy Agenda.” Caring Across Generations. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://caringacross.org/policy-agenda/.
  19. Webb, Susan. “Young Communist League Meet: Lively, Diverse, Activist.” People’s World. November 28, 2002. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/young-communist-league-meet-lively-diverse-activist/.
  20. Webb, Susan. “Young Communist League Meet: Lively, Diverse, Activist.” People’s World. November 28, 2002. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/young-communist-league-meet-lively-diverse-activist/.
  21. “JWJ Sarita Gupta Testimony.” SBC Senate. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/2/7/275de82d-cbe5-45ee-80c5-b59cfd218ad6/85A66CC2168F406BC9EEDB27C93FFF95.gupta-testimony.pdf.
  22. “The Justice System and Jobs: How Court Decisions Are Shaping Americans’ Work Lives.” The Aspen Institute. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://www.aspeninstitute.org/events/the-justice-system-and-jobs-how-court-decisions-are-shaping-americans-work-lives/.
  23. Harvard Law School. “Sarita Gupta on Workers, Equality, & Democracy: How Labor and Its Partners Should Think About the Future.” Harvard Law School. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://hls.harvard.edu/event/sarita-gupta-on-workers-equality-democracy-how-labor-and-its-partners-should-think-about-the-future/.
  24. “Jobs Crisis Needs Drastic Action.” Institute for Policy Studies. December 08, 2009. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://ips-dc.org/jobs_crisis_needs_drastic_action/.
  25. “Jobs Crisis Needs Drastic Action.” Institute for Policy Studies. December 08, 2009. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://ips-dc.org/jobs_crisis_needs_drastic_action/.
  26. Gupta, Sarita, and Sarita Gupta. “As CEOs Distance Themselves from Trump, Their Businesses Continue to Profit from White Supremacy.” Medium.com. August 23, 2017. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://medium.com/@SaritaGupta/as-ceos-distance-themselves-from-trump-their-businesses-continue-to-profit-from-white-supremacy-e3df153b6aaa.
  27. Gupta, Sarita, and Sarita Gupta. “As CEOs Distance Themselves from Trump, Their Businesses Continue to Profit from White Supremacy.” Medium.com. August 23, 2017. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://medium.com/@SaritaGupta/as-ceos-distance-themselves-from-trump-their-businesses-continue-to-profit-from-white-supremacy-e3df153b6aaa.
  28. Gupta, Sarita, and Sarita Gupta. “As CEOs Distance Themselves from Trump, Their Businesses Continue to Profit from White Supremacy.” Medium.com. August 23, 2017. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://medium.com/@SaritaGupta/as-ceos-distance-themselves-from-trump-their-businesses-continue-to-profit-from-white-supremacy-e3df153b6aaa.
  29. “Serita Gupta.” The Huffington Post. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/sarita-gupta?guccounter=1&guce_referrer_us=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_cs=x6s4QT37SJMsZhF-jhq3WQ.
  30. “Sarita Gupta.” TheNextSystem.org. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://thenextsystem.org/sarita-gupta.
  31. “The Emerging Role of Worker Centers in Union Organizing.” Chamber of Commerce. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/uscc_wfi_workercenterreport_2017.pdf.
  32. “Sarita Gupta – SheSource Expert.” Women’s Media Center. Accessed February 21, 2019. http://www.womensmediacenter.com/shesource/expert/sarita-gupta.
  33. “Sarita Gupta.” TheNextSystem.org. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://thenextsystem.org/sarita-gupta.
  34. “19 Young Activists Changing America.” BillMoyers.com. October 25, 2013. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://billmoyers.com/content/activists-to-watch/.

  35. “The 50 People Who Are Changing Aging in 2016.” Next Avenue. Accessed February 21, 2019. https://www.nextavenue.org/showcase/influencers-aging-2016/.
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