Communications Director

Phone: 415-215-5737


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About Julie

Julie Light directs the Labor Center’s communications team and media work. She is the press contact and chief communications strategist. As a passionate storyteller, she uses digital communications and the printed word to promote community engagement in the Labor Center’s cutting-edge research and education programs.

Prior to coming to the Labor Center, Julie was a communications consultant to environmental, labor, health, and education organizations. She served as a communications manager at Food & Water Watch working on issues ranging from banning fracking and urban drilling to protecting public water to fighting mega-dairies in California and four other states. Previously, she was a senior communicator working with union healthcare workers and frontline managers at the Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership.

Julie started her career as a radio journalist and the medium is her first love.

    Julie Light

    What difference would a $25/hr wage make to health care workers?

    Despite being applauded for their essential role and dedication during the COVID pandemic, many low-wage health care workers struggle to make ends meet. A recent UC Berkeley Labor Center Study study looks at what a proposal before the California State Legislature to raise the health care minimum wage to $25 an hour would mean for workers, patients, and industry.