Sara Horowitz

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Not to be confused with Sara Hurwitz.
Sara Horowitz
Sara Horowitz, Founder and CEO of the Freelancers Union.jpg
Sara Horowitz speaking at the Freelancers Union 2010 Annual Benefit
Born (1963-01-13) January 13, 1963 (age 53)
Alma mater Cornell University
University at Buffalo Law School
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Occupation Entrepreneur
Spouse(s) Peter DeChiara
Children 1

Sara Horowitz (born January 13, 1963)[1] is the founder of Working Today and Freelancers Union, leading organizations of independent workers. She was an Echoing Green fellow in 1995, and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1999.[2] Horowitz is Jewish[3] and grew up in Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, New York.[1][4] Her grandfather was vice-president of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in New York and her father was a union lawyer.[3]

In December 2012, Horowitz was appointed a Class C director of the New York Fed by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System starting January 1, 2013, for a three-year term ending December 31, 2016. She is also on the board of Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation.[5]

Education & Early Career[edit]

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.[6] She later attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and received her MPA in 1995.[6] She was admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 1995.[7]


  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. ^ "Sara Horowitz". MacArthur Foundation. July 1, 1999. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Harrison Smith, Sarah (August 31, 2012). "Striking a Work-Life Balance". The New York Times. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sara Horowitz to Join New York Fed Board of Directors; Emily K. Rafferty Designated Chair and Kathryn S. Wylde Redesignated Deputy Chair". Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  6. ^ a b Brown, Neil Porter (July 2010). "Sticking to the Union". Harvard Magazine. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ms. Sara Horowitz Furman, Attorney". Retrieved November 16, 2015. 

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