Terri Gerstein is the Director of the State and Local Enforcement Project at the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program, and is also a Senior Fellow at the Economic Policy Institute. In these roles, she works extensively with state and local enforcers to help build their capacity to protect working people. In 2017, she was an Open Society Foundations Leadership in Government Fellow.
Previously, she worked for over 17 years enforcing labor laws in New York State, including as the Labor Bureau Chief for the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and as a Deputy Commissioner in the New York State Department of Labor. Before her government service, Terri was a Skadden Fellow and nonprofit lawyer in Miami, Florida, where she represented immigrant workers and also co-hosted a Spanish language radio show on workers’ rights.
Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News THINK, The American Prospect, The Nation, The Guardian, and Politico, among others. She’s a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.