Terri Gerstein is the Director of the newly created NYU Wagner Labor Initiative, at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Previously, she directed the Project on State and Local Enforcement at the Harvard Law School Center for Labor and a Just Economy and was a Senior Fellow at the Economic Policy Institute. She is also a former Open Society Foundations Leadership in Government Fellow. Terri was a longtime public servant in New York state government; she worked for over 17 years enforcing labor laws, 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 nonprofit lawyer in Miami, Florida, where she represented immigrant workers and also co-hosted a Spanish language radio show on workers’ rights.
She speaks and writes frequently about labor and workers' rights issues, with bylines in a range of publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, CNN, The American Prospect, Teen Vogue, and more. She has testified in the U.S. Senate and in a number of state legislatures. Terri is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and lives in Brooklyn, New York.