Laine Romero-Alston is a Team Manager for the Fair Work Program of the International Migration Initiative at the Open Society Foundations. Her work focuses on building a vibrant movement and promoting effective policies that ensure the rights and protections of vulnerable workers in the global economy, including migrant workers, with a particular focus on the Americas. Prior to joining OSF in 2018, she was a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation with the Quality Employment and Future of Work teams, where she helped nurture and grow the worker center field in the US, a growing and promising movement of low wage, people of color, immigrant and women workers for decent work and economic justice. Laine founded and Co-Chaired the Labor Innovation for the 21St Century (LIFT) Fund, the first of its kind collaborative fund between philanthropy and labor unions investing in innovative strategies to build power for workers in the changing context of work and the economy. She has played multiple leadership roles within philanthropy, including as Co-Chair of the Neighborhood Funders Group/Funders for a Just Economy from 2012-2017 and currently serves on the board of the EDGE Funders Alliance. Before her time at Ford, Laine was the Economic Justice Program Officer at the Solidago Foundation and See Forward Fund, and the Founder and Director of the Research and Policy Department of the Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project in New York.
Laine spent most of the 1990s in Mexico working with civil society organizations focused on popular education, community organizing, youth leadership, gender justice and worker rights. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Wesleyan University and an M.S.W. from Hunter College with a specialization in Community Organizing and Planning. Laine is based in New York, has two teenage kids, a wonderful partner, a cute dog and loves to garden.