Dr. Patricia

Visionary leader and educator with research, policy, legislative and program development experience. Applied experienced on the development of strategic union organizing, electoral and worker justice community campaigns. Strategic negotiator around changing organizational dynamics managing complex issues and budgets at the highest levels of decision making in labor movement and social justice organizations at local and national level.

Currently, she is the Co-Director of The Worker Institute, ILR-Cornell University where she is a member of the leadership team that oversees the successful management of the Institute’s vision and mission to advance collective bargaining, worker rights and economic justice via research and education on contemporary labor issues, to generate innovative thinking and solutions to problems related to work, the economy, and society.  

Dr. Campos-Medina is an advocate for women empowerment. She is the current President of Latinas United for Political Empowerment Inc., an organization by Latinas for Latinas, that focuses on advancing policies that give a voice to Latinas in public policy and in politics. She currently serves as a board member of PODER PAC, a political action committee advancing women representation in government and politics. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee for Eleccion Latina/Ready to Run, a joint program of LUPE and the CAWP-Eagleton, Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Dr. Campos-Medina has been recognized as one of New Jersey’s most influential political leaders by several publications: InsiderNJ’s 100 Policymaker in 2019, 2018, and 2017; Observer/Politicker’s 100 Power List in 2016; PolitickerNJ’s Top 51 Most Influential Latino Leaders in New Jersey for 2015. In 2017, Patricia was recognized as one of El Salvador’s “100 Most Influential Women in the Diaspora,” an honor that she is especially proud of as an American citizen of Salvadoran descent.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, October 2019 Rutgers, The State University of NJ
  • Master of Public Administration 1997, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 
  • BS-1996, ILR, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 

Volunteer Board Membership

  • President, Latinas United for Political Empowerment,  May 2020-Present
  • Board Member, PODER PAC by Latinas for Latinas, 2001-Present
  • Steering Committee, Ready to Run/Elección Latina, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers New Brunswick, 2015-Present
  • Executive Board Member, Latino Action Network, LAN, 2014-Present
  • Board Member, NJ Citizen Action, March 2020-Present
  • Board Member, NJ Working Families, Dec 2019-Present
  • Advisory Board Members, Centro Comunitario CEUS, 2015-Present
  • Immediate Past-President, LUPE PAC, 2016-2019

Public Appointments, Commissions & Boards

  • Member, NJ Re-Start and Recovery Advisory Council, created by Governor Phil Murphy to address the reopening concerns of workers in NJ during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. April-July 2020
  • Commissioner, NJ Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, 2007-2009
  • Member, President Obama Transition Team, Office of US Trade Representative, 2008
  • Member, NJ Economic Growth Council, 2006-2008
  • Member, NYNJ Port Security Task Force, 2006-2008
  • Executive Committee, Newark Workforce Investment Board, 2007- 2009
  • Member, Mayor Cory Booker Transition Team, 2006;
  • Member, Governor Jon Corzine Transition Team, 2005;
  • Board Member; Congressional Hispanic Caucus, 2002-2006.