Who We Are

Devan Spear, Executive Director (she/her)

Devan grew up in Central Florida, where she first witnessed worker power in the face of deeply rooted systems of oppression through the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. After moving to Philadelphia for school, she joined the UPenn Student Labor Action Project, where she worked with dining hall workers on a successful union drive, and later fought for the administration to contribute Payments in Lieu of Taxes to the city of Philadelphia during the height of the school district’s funding crisis. Since taking on the role of Executive Director in July 2017, Devan has been a key player in establishing the Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance and  worked to build a strong coalition of Philadelphians fighting for the rights of working people.

Devan can be reached at devan@phillyjwj.org

Rob Wohl, Workplace Justice Organizer (he/him)

Rob came to Philly JWJ with substantial experience in traditional field and digital organizing. For the last five years, he worked as a tenants organizer in Washington, DC, helping thousands of renters win safe and permanently affordable housing and leading an effort to launch a citywide tenant union. Previously, Rob worked at the UFCW International, where he helped the union use social media, email, and other digital media to communicate with members and non-union workers and at SumOfUs.org, where he used online tools to mobilize consumers to pressure transnational corporations over workers rights and environmental issues.

Aiden Castellanos-Pedroza, Education Justice Organizer (they/he)

Aiden grew up in the Bay Area, California as a low-income, neurodivergent, queer/trans person of color. They found their passion in education justice when they began organizing in their sophomore year of high school with Gender and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Network to fight against harmful zero-tolerance policies that targeted queer and trans youth of color after many members of their own GSA were pushed out, expelled, or arrested. After coming to Philadelphia for college, he joined the Our City Our Schools (OCOS) Coalition to fight alongside the Philadelphia community for the reclamation of their public education. This is how he initially plugged into the PILOTs campaign; he believes in holding the mega nonprofits in Philadelphia accountable for exploiting their nonprofit status as a way to take up space in the poorest big city, which continues withholding money from Philadelphia’s schools, students, and teachers. Aiden’s interests lie in providing equitable funding to public schools to provide opportunities for the educational, emotional, and personal development of young people.

Aiden can be reached at aiden@phillyjwj.org

Board of Directors:

Executive Officers:
Valerie Braman, Chair
Zakia Elliott, Recording Secretary
John Braxton, Treasurer

At-Large:
Ed Harkins
Paul Dannenfelser
Ethelind Baylor
Mary Summers