Center For Working Families

The Center for Working Families

The Center for Working Families is a national 501(c)3 policy and issue campaign organization that engages in issue advocacy and public education for policy campaigns at the state and local level. The Center for Working Families is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates or political parties.

The Center incubates and develops compelling issue campaigns, provides resources and technical assistance to state policy campaigns, and injects our values into the national political discourse.


Welcome to Lionel Neptune, the Center For Working Families Interim Executive Director!

Prior to his appointment as Interim Executive Director Lionel was National Director of Institutional Advancement where his primarily responsible for growing and diversifying the organization’s funding base in support of its entire and expanding body of issue work. Following his 22 year career with the Washington Post, during which he served in a variety of capacities, including Director of Financial Planning and Analysis and Vice President of Affiliates and Community Relations, Lionel was the Senior Director of Major Gifts at United Way of the National Capital Area. Lionel has a deep commitment to volunteerism and serves on the board of Calvary Women’s Services, Prevent Child Abuse of Metropolitan Washington, Metropolitan YMCA, and the Capital Area Food Bank. He has had the honor of being selected as a trustee of the Philip L. Graham Fund. Lionel graduated from Duke University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Valerie Ervin Moves to Participatory Democracy Project

Former Center for Working Families Executive Director Valerie Ervin has resigned to take a position at the Working Families Organization, where she will be running the Participatory Democracy Project. We will announce an interim executive director in the coming weeks.

From Valerie:

It has been an incredible fourteen months at the Center for Working Families, and I could not be prouder of the contributions we’ve made to what has the potential to be a watershed moment for working people.

In that time, CWF has expanded our work to include efforts in eight states and the District of Columbia, and your support has enabled us to tackle big things: universal standards and workers’ rights, climate change and green jobs, women’s economic security, criminal justice reform, debt free higher education, voting rights and access to democracy, and much more. Thank you for helping us build the capacity to ceaselessly pursue our vision of a better world.

As I transition to new terrain, know that my door remains always open. I look forward to continuing to be your partner as we march forward together. The best is yet to come.

Valerie Ervin Signature

Read Valerie’s transition letter 

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