Amanda Ream

Amanda Ream

Job Quality Fellow, Class of 2018-19, Economic Opportunities Program

Strategic Campaigns Director, United Domestic Workers of America/AFSCME, Oakland, CA

Amanda Ream is the Strategic Campaigns Director at the United Domestic Workers Union/AFSCME. UDW represents 100,000 caregivers in California. She leads the Care Agenda, a campaign to address the care crisis and create universal access to long term care. California will require 200,000 more caregivers in the next five years to meet the needs of the growing number of seniors and people with disabilities in the state. Prior to joining UDW she led Interpreting for California, a campaign to create meaningful language access in the state’s Medicaid program. She organized with immigrant workers in the service industry in California and New York for more than twenty years, including working with survivors of 9/11 to found a workers’ center for displaced restaurant workers. In New York she held appointments as a lecturer in the graduate labor studies program at the Murphy Institute at the City University of New York and as a Revson Fellow on the Future of New York City at Columbia University. She is currently a Windcall Fellow. She lives in Oakland.

Amanda Ream is a member of the Job Quality Fellowship Class of 2018-19. To learn more about the Job Quality Fellows, visit

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Bio updated September 2018.