White House Honors Two Foundation Grantees

Saru Jayaraman, the co-founder and co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC) and Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project (NELP) are among those being honored Tuesday, July 22, by the White House as local “Champions of Change,” an ongoing White House program to highlight people who are working to improve their communities and the larger society.

According to a White House press release, Jayaraman and Owens are among nine “leaders and ordinary Americans who are taking action to raise wages for working women and men around the country.” Both NELP and ROC are established grantees of the Public Welfare Foundation.

The release describes these Champions of Change as “activists, advocates, business owners and workers who are looking to reestablish the basic promise that no American working 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty.”

ROC is a national organization dedicated to improving restaurant working conditions across the country and NELP conducts research and provides strategic leadership to advocates on a broad range of legal and policy issues affecting low-wage workers.


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