Caitlin Pearce is Executive Director of Freelancers Union, the nation's largest advocacy group for the more than 57 million-strong independent workforce. Caitlin leads the drive to empower freelancers through education, community, and political advocacy.
Caitlin has worked at Freelancers Union for over seven years, most recently serving as Director of Advocacy and Member Engagement. She spearheaded some of Freelancers Union’s most ambitious initiatives, including SPARK, the worker-led network of local freelancer hubs in nearly 25 major US cities, which are designed to provide independent workers with the skills and connections they need to be successful.
Most recently, Caitlin led the grassroots coalition of freelancers, labor unions, policy-makers, and business groups that fought for and won the historic “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act in New York City. The first-of-its-kind law gives millions of New York freelancers unprecedented wage theft protections against clients who don’t pay them for their work – one of the leading issues facing independent workers.
Caitlin also built and launched the annual “Freelancing in America” survey in cooperation with Upwork, which tracks the growth of the freelance economy and lends valuable insights into the lives of independent workers. Now in its fourth year, the survey has become one of the most referenced and respected measurements of the freelance workforce.
Caitlin holds a Master's degree from Johns Hopkins University in Sociology and Comparative and International Development, where she researched cooperative labor movements among informal workers in Latin America, and a Bachelor's degree from Bard College.