Before joining Democracy Partners, Josie Mooney had a 30-year career as a labor leader and activist for social change across the United States and around the world. Josie rose from a community organizer and special education teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area to become one of California's most prominent and influential labor leaders. Along the way, she has worked to improve the lives of working people through her activism and senior posts at several unions, including the United Educators of San Francisco, the Service Employees International Union and the California School Employees Association, one of California's largest education unions.
Josie was the first woman president of the San Francisco Labor Council and led the group for nearly a decade.
As Special Assistant to the President and Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU, America's fastest-growing union, Josie was instrumental in negotiating a landmark agreement to unionize 14 WalMart stores in the People's Republic of China with the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, a campaign profiled in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and other media worldwide.
Josie specializes in assisting unions, nonprofits, public service campaigns and socially conscious businesses to develop their strategies, marketing efforts, communications campaigns and frequently leads key negotiations.