Laine Romero-Alston is part of the Inclusive Economies team. She has focused on building the capacity of worker centers to provide leadership, education, and training opportunities for the substantially low-wage and immigrant workforce, primarily in four specific sectors: health care, day labor and construction, restaurant work, and domestic work.
Laine has been with Ford since 2011. Previously, she was the Economic Justice program officer at the Solidago Foundation, where she supported efforts to help marginalized individuals, particularly low-wage immigrants and workers of color, actively engage in strategies that foster their own economic well-being and to promote broader systemic economic and social change. In addition, Laine oversaw a media justice and strategic communications program for the Frances Fund to develop and integrate strategic communications into economic and social justice movement efforts.
Laine plays a leadership role in several philanthropic affinity organizations, including as a member of the coordinating committee for the Neighborhood Funders Group’s Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships and as an active member of the Funders Network on Transforming the Global Economy.
Before entering philanthropy, Laine founded and directed the research and policy department of the Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project in New York, providing strategic support to further the programmatic and advocacy efforts of grassroots organizations and coalitions serving low-wage workers and immigrants. Part of this effort involved early support for key worker groups, including the Restaurant Opportunities Center, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, and members of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Laine spent four years as a community organizer in Mexico City, with a particular focus on youth leadership and women’s rights.
Laine is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds a master’s degree from Hunter College School of Social Work.