Project Director, California Work & Family Coalition
Jenya Cassidy directs the California Work & Family Coalition, a project of Next Generation. The Coalition is an alliance of working parents, caregivers, advocates, and union members organizing to expand and protect every Californian’s right to put their family first. Jenya leads statewide legislative campaigns, local grassroots efforts, and community outreach and education efforts around family friendly laws. Before coming to Next Generation, Jenya served as the California Policy Director for the Labor Project for Working Families. At the Labor Project, Jenya oversaw statewide policy campaigns, edited the labor-focused newsletter and developed a training program on California Family Leave Laws. Previously, Jenya worked as a community organizer, a union organizer, and a Labor Representative for the Health Care Workers’ Union, Local 250. Jenya’s life-shaping early work includes teaching English at a public middle school in St. Petersburg, Russia, and working the deli at Canter’s Fairfax in Los Angeles.
In her spare time, Jenya participates in helping build local community and labor alliances, volunteers at her kids’ public schools, and serves on the Advisory Board of ROC the Bay, a worker center for Bay Area restaurant workers.
Jenya earned a Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA. She lives in Alameda, California with her three children.