Sara Horowitz

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Sara Horowitz
Sara Horowitz.jpg
Horowitz Freelancers Union 2010 Annual Benefit
Born (1963-01-13) January 13, 1963 (age 57)
Brooklyn, NY
Alma materCornell University
University at Buffalo Law School
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Spouse(s)Peter DeChiara

Sara Horowitz (born January 13, 1963)[1] is an American lawyer and non-profit executive. She is the founder and former executive director of Freelancers Union. She is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Board of Directors.

Early life and education[edit]

Horowitz is Jewish[2] and grew up in Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, New York.[1][3] Her grandfather was vice-president of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in New York and her father was a union lawyer.[2]

Horowitz graduated from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations with a B.A. degree in 1984 and was awarded its labor prize.[1] She graduated cum laude from the University at Buffalo Law School.[1]


After graduation, she worked as a public defender, a private practice labor attorney, and an organizer with SEIU 1199, the national health and human service employees union.[4] She later attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and received her MPA in 1995.[4] She was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts.[5]

Horowitz was an Echoing Green Fellow in 1995, and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1999.[6]

In 2003, she used her experience as a union organizer to found the nonprofit Freelancers Union, which promotes the independent workforce through advocacy and education while serving the needs of freelancers.[7] The Freelancers Union currently cites 350,000 members,[8] nationwide.

She is a chair of the New York Fed's Board of Directors for 2017 and has served as a Class C director since January, 2013, serving as a deputy chair since January, 2013.[9]

In 2008, Horowitz launched Freelancers Insurance Company, the first portable benefits model for freelancers and 919 workers, wholly owned by the Union, providing independent workers with high-quality, affordable and portable health insurance.[10]

Horowitz is recognized as one of the World Economic Forum's 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow, a 2015 POLITICO 50[clarification needed] and on the board of Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation.[11] She is currently the Chair of the Board for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Harris, Janelle (December 12, 2012). "So What Do You Do, Sara Horowitz, Founder and Executive Director of the Freelancer's Union?". Mediabistro. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Rosenbaum, Judith (October 30, 2012). "Building a new social safety net: Sara Horowitz and the Freelancers Union". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  3. ^ Harrison Smith, Sarah (August 31, 2012). "Striking a Work-Life Balance". The New York Times. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Brown, Neil Porter (July 2010). "Sticking to the Union". Harvard Magazine. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "Look Up An Attorney (Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers)". Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Sara Horowitz". MacArthur Foundation. July 1, 1999. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  7. ^ "A Decade On, Freelancers Union Founder Sara Horowitz Takes Her Fight Mainstream | Village Voice". Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  8. ^ "NYC Freelancers Due Contracts, Timely Pay". Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  9. ^ a b "Sara Horowitz Designated Chair of New York Fed Board of Directors; Denise Scott Designated Deputy Chair - FEDERAL RESERVE BANK of NEW YORK". Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  10. ^ Stevenson, Seth (2013-01-28). "Don't Have Health Insurance? Start Your Own Insurance Company!". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  11. ^ "FEDERAL RESERVE BANK of NEW YORK - Serving the Second District and the Nation - FEDERAL RESERVE BANK of NEW YORK". Retrieved 2017-09-26.

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