Hilary Klein is an organizer, strategist, campaigner, and author. She joined JUFJ as Director of Organizing in November 2021, after serving as JUFJ’s Interim DC Legislative Director for several months. Hilary has been engaged in social justice and movement-building work for more than 25 years on issues such as affordable housing, workplace justice, immigrants’ rights, and violence against women. She has led a number of successful racial and economic justice campaigns, supervised and trained teams of organizers, managed coalitions, designed and operationalized leadership development programs, and coordinated national gatherings, among other things.
Hilary spent ten years working with the Make the Road family – at Make the Road New York, the Center for Popular Democracy, and the Make the Road expansion project. She also lived in Mexico for many years, where she worked with women’s cooperatives in Zapatista communities, and she is the author of Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories (Seven Stories Press, 2015). Hilary holds a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley and spent Fall 2013 at Georgetown University as a Fellow at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. Hilary is originally from Washington, DC. She is a proud single mama of twins and currently lives in DC with her two children.
Hilary uses she/her/hers pronouns.