Biography

Terri Gerstein is the Director of the State and Local Enforcement Project of the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program. The project examines and strengthens state and local initiatives and enforcement of worker protection laws. Terri recently completed an Open Society Foundations Leadership in Government fellowship. Previously, she worked over 17 years in New York state government, including as the labor bureau chief in the attorney general’s office, and as a deputy labor commissioner overseeing wage and hour enforcement throughout New York State.

Prior to her government service, Terri worked at nonprofit organizations in Miami, representing immigrant workers and domestic violence victims, and also co-hosted a Spanish-language radio show on workers’ rights. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Mary Johnson Lowe in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and she is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Terri’s writing on workers’ rights issues has appeared in a wide variety of publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, the Guardian, the Hill, the Nation, and the Daily News. 

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