Working Families National Committee

The Working Families National Committee (WFNC) is the WFP’s top governing body. The WFNC is responsible for guiding the party’s overall strategy and direction, electing officers, hiring the national director, approving state chapter and national member applications, and overseeing our process for national endorsements. 

The WFNC is composed of members representing chartered WFP state chapters, national member organizations, local branches, and individual WFP leaders selected as at-large delegates. 

Working Families National Committee membership:

State chapter delegates:

Colorado delegates: Michele Fry, Dequan Mack (Rhiannon Duryea and Kiera Hatton Sena, alternates)

Connecticut delegates: Beverly Brakeman, Juan Hernandez (Rochelle Palache and Debbie Wright, alternates)

Illinois delegates: Stacy Davis Gates, Abbie Illenberger

New Jersey delegate: Hetty Rosenstein

New Mexico delegates: Oriana Sandoval, Andrea Serrano* (Austin Weahkee, alternate)

New York delegates: Afua Atta-Mensah, Jonathan Westin

Pennsylvania delegates: Ivan Garcia, Gabe Morgan

Rhode Island delegate: David Segal

Texas delegate: Derrick Osobase*

West Virginia delegates: Andy Cockburn, Cathy Kunkel

National member organization delegates:

CPD Action: Ana Maria Archila* (WFNC co-chair)

CWA: Bob Master*, Margarita Hernandez

MoveOn Political Action: Rahna Epting

People’s Action: George Goehl*

SEIU: Candis Tolliver*

At-large delegates:

Jessica Byrd, Dan Cantor* (WFNC co-chair), Daroneisha Duncan, Barbara Dudley, Jacob Feinspan*, Cristina Jimenez, Heather McGhee*, Dorian Warren

Local Branch representatives:

Columbus, OH: Will Klatt

King County, WA: Margaret Carey

Maricopa County, AZ: Caitlin Breedlove and Michael Soto

*Indicates WFNC members elected to serve on the WFP National Executive Committee in June 2019. Executive Committee terms are two years. The current WFP national co-chairs are Dan Cantor and Ana Maria Archila. 

History:

The Working Families Party was created as a New York State political party in 1998. Following the early success of the NY WFP, a Connecticut WFP was created in 2002, and an Oregon WFP in 2006. By 2012, activists and leaders were organizing or exploring building state WFPs in half a dozen states. 

In 2013, a group of representatives of WFP state chapters began meeting informally, twice a year, under the name “Working Families Party National Advisory Board.” It was an effort to begin coordinating and sharing information among the state Working Families Parties. In 2016, the WFP NAB formally launched the WFP National Committee as the WFP’s highest governing body, empowered to build a national party and recognized and seat state chapters.