Priscilla Gonzalez is currently the Director of Organizing for Communities United for Police Reform. When she first joined the Move to End violence, she was the Executive Director of Domestic Workers United (DWU). DWU is an organization of nannies, housekeepers, and elder caregivers organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards, and working together to build a movement for change.
Priscilla, the proud daughter of a domestic worker, became a DWU volunteer in 2003 before leading and implementing innovative efforts that helped to build its ethnically and linguistically diverse membership. The multilingual capacity building framework that Priscilla helped create served as a model for linguistic inclusion at the launch of the first-ever U.S. Social Forum.
In her time with DWU, the organization brought together an impressive broad-based coalition that led the historic six-year campaign for the nation’s first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. This groundbreaking legislation recognized domestic workers as real workers by affording them basic rights and protections.
Previously, Priscilla worked with the Center for Immigrant Families to organize public elementary school parents and helped to lead a successful campaign to end discriminatory admissions practices in gentrifying neighborhoods. She has served on the Coordinating Committee of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the board of ALIGN (formerly NY Jobs with Justice and Urban Agenda), and the advisory council of the Direct Care Alliance. El Diario/La Prensa has honored her among the Top 25 Women of Achievement in New York (2009), and New York’s City & State listed her as a “Rising Star 40 Under 40” (2011).
In 2012, following her transition from domestic worker organizing, she was granted a residency at Blue Mountain Center, with support from the Windcall Institute. Priscilla was a Tenenbaum Leadership Fellow at the New School and graduated from the Cornell/AFL-CIO Union Leadership Institute. She is a graduate of Barnard College and the London School of Economics.
Communities United for Police Reform
Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) is an unprecedented, non-partisan campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York, and to build a lasting movement that promotes public safety and policing practices based on cooperation and respect — not discriminatory targeting and harassment.