Civil Rights • Criminal Records and Employment • Enforcement of Workplace Standards • Immigrants and Work • Living Wage and Minimum Wage • Minimum Wage Nonstandard Workforce • Unemployment Insurance • Unions and Labor Law • Wage and Hour Protections • Workplace Equity
Judy Conti, NELP’s government affairs director, joined NELP in 2007, after spending seven years as the co-founder and executive director of the D.C. Employment Justice Center, a legal service provider devoted to workplace justice in the D.C. metro.
Judy has years of experience lobbying on issues including raising the minimum wage, fair chance hiring, unemployment insurance, wage theft, immigration reform, and other issues involving turning low-wage work into good jobs with a pathway to the middle-class. In her time with NELP, Judy has made significant achievements in developing the organization’s presence in the capital, where she is committed to bringing the expertise and experience of NELP’s staff and allies to the halls of Congress and relevant Cabinet and Executive agencies. In early 2017, Judy played an instrumental role in guiding the coalition of workers’ rights and other advocates who ensured that fast-food CEO Andy Puzder would not become the next secretary of labor.
She has been widely recognized for her work with awards from the American Bar Association, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C., William and Mary Law School, and DC Jobs with Justice.
In addition to her advocacy, Judy is a widely-respected media resource. She has appeared on C-Span’s Washington Journal, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox Business News, CBS News, the BBC, and many other television outlets, she has been widely quoted in the print media, and has written for The Hill, Fortune, and other outlets. Judy has also testified before Congress on numerous occasions, particularly regarding unemployment insurance, and regularly speaks at conferences and on panels addressing hot topics in labor and employment law.
J.D., College of William and Mary
B.A., Williams College