Marilyn Sneiderman directs the Rutgers University Center for Innovation in Worker Organization, bringing with her 30 years of experience in labor, community, faith based, immigrant and racial justice organizing. She is a professor in the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.
For 10 years, Sneiderman directed the National AFL-CIO’s Department of Field Mobilization, where she helped launch the national "Union Cities" initiative. The campaign focused on increasing the capacity to support and win organizing, political and policy campaigns in states and cities throughout the country. Working with the AFL-CIO's State Federations, Central Labor Councils, International Unions and allies, the program was designed to unite community, union, religious, and civil/immigrant rights groups to build local movements to fight for social and economic justice in states and cities. Kim Bobo and she co-authored "Labor in the Pulpits" used in communities throughout the United States to bring workers voices to churches, synagogues, temples and mosques.
Sneiderman has served as Executive Director of AVODAH, a national Jewish social justice organization, Education Director at the Teamsters International Union, on the faculty of the George Meany Center for Labor Studies and Georgetown Law School and was the community organizer at AFSCME International. She started her work in the labor movement as an AFSCME shop steward, local officer and delegate to her labor council in Madison Wisconsin.
Sneiderman earned a Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin. She serves on the boards of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund and Interfaith Worker Justice. In 2000 she was named one of the 25 most influential working mothers in the United States by Working Mother magazine.