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Sara Horowitz
Executive Director
Freelancers Union

Sara Horowitz founded Working Today in 1995 to represent the needs and concerns of the growing independent workforce. Working Today built Freelancers Union to pioneer a new form of unionism, and the organization now has 120,000 members nationwide. Freelancers Union seeks to update the nation’s social safety net, developing systems so that all working people can access affordable benefits, regardless of their job arrangements. As executive director, Sara takes an entrepreneurial approach, pursuing creative, market-based solutions to pressing social problems.

In recognition of her efforts to create a self-sustaining organization of flexible workers, Sara was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1999. In 1996, the Stern Family Fund named her a Public Interest Pioneer, and she was also an echoing green fellow for four years. Recently she was named as one of Esquire Magazine’s Fifty Best & Brightest.

Before founding Freelancers Union, Sara was a labor attorney in private practice and a union organizer with 1199, the National Health and Human Service Employees Union. Prior to joining 1199, Sara was a public defender in New York City. Sara is also a trustee and board member of the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Sara is a trustee and board member of the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Freelancers Union has been featured throughout the popular and business press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Wired, and Fast Company; as well as on NOW with David Bracaccio, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered. The organization has been recognized four times as one of the leading social entrepreneurs by Fast Company magazine.

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