National Policy Campaign Director

Nikki M.G. Cole

nikki@onefairwage.org

Nikki M.G. Cole is the National Policy Campaign Director of One Fair Wage. Nikki worked in the hospitality industry from the time she was a child, through high school, college, and post-college. A former tipped worker in the DC Metropolitan area, Nikki personally knows the financial, physical, and emotional challenges that come along with working in sub-minimum wage industries. She began organizing restaurant workers in 2009 with the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington, DC. There she learned the basics of workplace organizing, policy advocacy, and base-building through political education and leadership development. Later she worked in deep coalition as the Executive Director of DC Jobs with Justice, where along with ROC-DC and many other community, labor, faith, and student organizations, they were able to win historic legislative advances for workers in DC including paid sick days for all, wage theft protections, and an increased minimum wage. She also has 8 years of experience with developing grassroots leaders to run for local office and engaging in progressive grassroots electoral campaigns. Nikki is excited to bring her story, passion, and expertise to One Fair Wage and is committed to building progressive people power across the nation.