Derecka Mehrens

Working Partnerships USA

Derecka Mehrens is the executive director at Working Partnerships USA. Under Derecka’s leadership, the organization has won numerous campaigns for low- and middle-income working families and communities of color in Silicon Valley, including $950m for affordable housing, $500m in transportation services, a $15 minimum wage by 2019 and protections for renters against unfair evictions and rent increases.

In 2015, Working Partnerships USA co-founded Silicon Valley Rising, a coalition to fight for a more inclusive tech economy, which has since helped more than 5,000 tech industry service workers organize for better wages and a voice at work.