About Us

Mission

Hand in Hand is a national network of employers of nannies, housecleaners and home attendants, our families and allies, who are grounded in the conviction that dignified and respectful working conditions benefit worker and employer alike. We envision a future where people live in caring communities that recognize all of our interdependence. To get there, we support employers to improve their employment practices, and to collaborate with workers to change cultural norms and public policies that bring dignity and respect to domestic workers and all of our communities.

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Leadership

Ilana Berger

Ilana Berger, Interim Director

Ilana brings to Hand in Hand rich experience in base-building, leadership development, and policy advocacy, as well as her perspective as a parent and employer of childcare providers. She has worked in community-based organizations in New York, Miami, and San Francisco, including ten years as co-founder and Executive Director of Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE). She has also worked at the national level with Caring Across Generations, the New Bottom Line and the Center for Popular Democracy.

Elspeth Gilmore

Elspeth Gilmore, Director of Development

A longtime organizer, donor organizer and donor, Elspeth brings a unique perspective to the resourcing of social justice movements. Before joining Hand in Hand Elspeth worked at the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United organizing restaurant goers to leverage their consumer power for restaurant worker rights. Before that she served as the Program and then Executive Director of Resource Generation, organizing young people with wealth to use their resources and access for social justice. Elspeth’s father was cared for by a home attendant, her family employed a housecleaner, and she was cared for by a childcare provider – all very personal reasons why she is committed to building a system of care that benefits us all. Elspeth lives in New York City.

Lindsay Imai

Lindsay Imai, Bay Area Organizer

Lindsay is the mother of two boys and has depended upon the assistance of a nanny to raise and care for her children. Because of this help, Lindsay has been able to continue to do the work she loves. Before joining Hand in Hand, Lindsay spent six years at Urban Habitat, a regional environmental justice organization, working in partnership with bus riders, community organizations, senior groups and disability rights activists to improve the affordability and reliability of bus service in the Bay Area’s low-income communities. Lindsay has also worked on issues of affordable housing, community reinvestment, and parent-led school reform.

Carolyn Silveira, Fair Care Pledge Manager

Carolyn is a writer and consultant who loves using creative strategies to help change the world. She has worked for Freelancers Union, Upworthy, The Adaptors (a podcast about science and climate change), and numerous mission-driven clients. A native Californian, she grows poppies in her community garden in Brooklyn to remind her of home.

Tatiana Bejar, Electoral Engagement Organizer

Tatiana is a human rights advocate and a very passionate activist on labor, immigrants and women rights. Tatiana has experience in the non-profit and development sectors in Peru and the United States, with a particularly focus on low-income women and immigrant workers and engaging grassroots groups in various UN human rights mechanisms to address inequalities in the United States, and has worked in labor programs in the development sector in Peru. Tatiana holds a Master in Criminal Justice (John Jay College) and a Bachelor Degree in Sociology (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peru).

Camila Bortolleto

Camila Bortolleto, Operations/Administrative Manager

Camila Bortolleto was born in Brazil and immigrated with her family to the United States as a child. She has been involved in the undocumented immigrant youth movement focusing on immigrant rights and education. Since migrating to the US her mom has been employed as a domestic worker as house cleaner, as such Camila understand the deep connections between immigrant rights and domestic labor. In 2010 Camila was one of the founding members of CT Students for a Dream, a grassroots, youth-led organization that fights for the rights of undocumented youth and families in CT, where she has served as an organizer and policy/campaign coordinator. She has also served as the Program Coordinator of the Own the Dream Campaign at United we Dream. Proudly describing herself as undocu(DACA)mented and unafraid, she envisions a world where all families can thrive and feel safe.

Carinne Luck

Carinne Luck, Strategic Consultant

Carinne is an organizer, trainer, and independent consultant for community and national issue-based political organizations and has organized on a range of issues including human rights, affordable housing, and food security and access. Prior to working with Hand in Hand, Carinne was a Grassroots Campaign Director at MoveOn.org. She was also a founding staff member and Vice President of Field and Campaigns at J Street. Carinne was born in Israel, raised in London and now lives in New York City.

Betsey McGee, National Leadership Team

Betsey is a founding member of Hand in Hand and was involved with the New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights campaign starting in 2006. She employed a caregiver to help raise her now-grown daughters and currently employs a housecleaner. Her family depends on home attendants to support relatives who are seniors. Betsey is a consultant in nonprofit organizational development. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn, NY.

Gayle Kirshenbaum

Gayle Kirshenbaum, National Leadership Team

Gayle is a founding member of Hand in Hand. She employed a part-time nanny to care for her son and in 2002 became the first domestic employer to publicly support the New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights campaign as a member of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. She is a writer, editor, and organizer. Gayle lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.

Jessica Lehman

Jessica Lehman, National Leadership Team

Jessica is a founding member of Hand in Hand and the strategic leader of our disability organizing program. She is the Executive Director of San Francisco Senior and Disability Action, the founder of the Organizers Forum of the National Disability Leadership Alliance, and has been a leader in disability rights and a range of other social and economic justice issues for over a decade. Jessica is a person with a disability who uses a wheelchair and employs attendants to support her to live independently. She lives with her partner in Oakland, CA.

Job Opportunities

Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network (HIH) seeks a full-time New York State Organizer to join our team. The New York Organizer will be a key part of the HIH team and lead our organizing efforts in New York City and State as HIH expands. The Organizer will recruit and develop domestic employer members in NY, will be the lead strategist on our NY campaign work, will organize and coordinate all campaign activities and events, and will lead work with our partners and allies, especially the National Domestic Workers Alliance. The NY Organizer will participate in HIH’s national planning and strategy development; and work closely with our national organizing and campaign teams.

HIH is powered by a small staff team and has offices in New York City and Oakland, California. Candidates for this position must be located within easy commute distance of New York City. The position is full-time (although we are open to more flexible and part-time arrangements) and includes 3-weeks vacation, competitive salary and excellent medical and dental benefits. This position, with opportunities for growth, is open immediately and reports to the Director. To apply, send a resume, cover letter, salary requirements and 3 references to camila@domesticemployers.org. Please be sure to include “NY Organizer” in the subject line. No phone inquiries. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Read the full job description.

Core Partner

Organizational History

Hand in Hand was founded in 2010 by a group of domestic employers and their allies who had worked side by side with domestic workers to support the passage of the New York State Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.

These community members reflected that one aspect of what made the NY campaign so meaningful was the participation of Jewish employers who had been organized with Jews for Racial & Economic Justice. Hand in Hand was founded in partnership with the National Domestic Workers Alliance to connect with domestic employers beyond the Jewish community in NY and nationwide.

From a small, volunteer-led organization, Hand in Hand has grown into an organization with a staff, a strong national leadership, and growing influence and reach in New York, California, and beyond. Check out where we’ve come from, and where we’re going in our Working Hand in Hand newsletters below:

2015 newsletter [PDF]

2014 newsletter [PDF]

2013 newsletter  [PDF]

2012 newsletter [PDF]

2011 newsletter [PDF]

In the News

For press inquiries, please contact Carinne Luck carinne@domesticemployers.org. Click here to see highlights from Hand in Hand’s media coverage to date.

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