Derecka Mehrens, executive director at Working Partnerships USA, brings 18 years of community organizing, civic engagement, and public policy experience working in communities of color and with low and moderate-income families. Under Derecka’s leadership, WPUSA has strengthened workers’ rights and wages through minimum wage and job protection campaigns in cities throughout Silicon Valley, including winning the groundbreaking Opportunity to Work initiative that helps part-time workers access more hours and benefits.
In 2015, WPUSA co-founded Silicon Valley Rising, a coordinated regional campaign to inspire an inclusive tech-driven economy. So far, the SVR campaign has helped over 5,500 service workers in the tech industry organize for better wages and a voice at work.
Mehrens is the daughter of a union construction worker and a union community college teacher and is married with two young children. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, History and International Studies.