13 Facts About Ai-jen Poo


Ai-jen Poo is the president of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.


Ai-jen Poo is the director of Caring Across Generations, a national coalition of 200 advocacy organizations working to transform the long-term care system in the US, with a focus on the needs of aging Americans, people with disabilities, and their caregivers.


Ai-jen Poo is a 2014 recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award.


Ai-jen Poo has been mentioned as a potential future Secretary of Labor under a Democratic administration.


Ai-jen Poo's father Mu-ming Poo is a neuroscientist and one-time political activist who emigrated from Taiwan in the 1970s.


Ai-jen Poo's mother Wen-jen Hwu has a PhD in chemistry as well as an MD, and was an oncologist at two of the top cancer centers in Taiwan.


Ai-jen Poo was born in Pittsburgh, and graduated from Phillips Academy in 1992 and Columbia University, where she was one of more than 100 students who occupied the rotunda in Low Library; this occupation led to the creation of Columbia's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.

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Ai-jen Poo attended the 75th Golden Globe Awards in 2018 as a guest of Meryl Streep.


Ai-jen Poo began organizing domestic workers in 1996, with CAAV Organizing Asian Communities, which is a division within the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence.


Ai-jen Poo is the founder and former lead organizer of Domestic Workers United, an organization of Caribbean, Latina, and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in New York that organizes for "power, respect, and fair labor standards".


Ai-jen Poo has received the Open Society Institute Community Fellowship, the Union Square Award, the Leadership for a Changing World Award, the Ernest de Maio Award from the Labor Research Association, the Woman of Vision Award from Ms.


In honor of the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day, Ai-jen was recognized by Women Deliver as one of 100 women internationally who are "delivering" for other women.


Ai-jen Poo has written for The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and other news outlets.