Shawna Bader-Blau leads the Solidarity Center, the largest global worker rights organization based in the United States. Shawna is a leading advocate helping link the human rights community with the labor movement’s struggle to protect worker rights. She works to ensure that worker rights issues are part of policy discussions on international development and within the women’s movement and broader civil society. Shawna regularly testifies as an expert on worker and human rights at U.S. congressional briefings and hearings. Shawna has worked in the field of international development and human rights for 17 years and has lived or worked in more than 25 countries. Prior to her appointment as executive director, Shawna served as the Solidarity Center’s regional program director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She is an Arabic speaker and a recognized expert on authoritarian regimes and civil society. She holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Shawna also currently serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and she is on the board of the Business and Human Rights Resource Center. Follow Shawna on Twitter at @Shawna_SolCntr.