The best ideas come from the American people. Everyone has a story to tell, everyone has a part to play.

All across the country, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. Every week, we will invite these Champions of Change to the White House to share their ideas to win the future.

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Working Family Champions of Change

The White House honors “Champions of Change” who support working families and help make change in their companies or communities.


Melissa Broome is Acting Executive Director of the Job Opportunities Task Force. The JOTF develops and advocates for policies and programs to increase the skills, job opportunities, and incomes of...

David Deary, PAC is a physician assistant in Providence, Rhode Island. He is married to Nicole Deary and they have three children, Colby (5), Caleb (3), and Elizabeth (8 months). David has been an...

Netsy Firestein is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley and a consultant on work and family, child care, women and labor issues. As founder and...

Analilia Mejia serves as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, a statewide nonpartisan organization that seeks to promote and defend the interest of New Jersey’s...

Randy George founded The Red Hen Baking Company in Duxbury, VT in 1999 with his wife, Eliza Cain. Red Hen is s best known around Vermont for its line of certified organic, hearth baked breads...

Fatima Hasan is the Owner and Director of Places and Spaces for Growth Learning Center, an early childcare center that prepares children for Kindergarten, providing high quality care at affordable...

Rose Marcario is President and CEO of Patagonia, the outdoor clothing company based in Ventura, Calif. A certified B-Corporation, Patagonia’s mission is to build the best product, cause no...

Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Satya held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company. Joining...

Andrea Paluso is co-founder and Executive Director of Family Forward Oregon and Family Forward Action, the organization that has led the paid sick days campaigns throughout Oregon. Andrea is a...

Renee Stromme is the Executive Director of the North Dakota Women’s Network (NDWN), a statewide women’s advocacy organization. Prior to founding the NDWN in 2006, Renee worked for a domestic...

ReShonda is the owner of Popcorn Heaven, a gourmet popcorn store headquartered in Waterloo, IA. Popcorn Heaven employs about 20 people. ReShonda has been an active voice on Working Family issues,...

Coraminita Mahr is Vice President of 1199-United Healthcare Workers East/ SEIU, the largest local union. Coraminita has served as the Chair of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political...

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