Rebecca Dixon

Executive Director, National Employment Law Project

Rebecca Dixon is Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project (NELP). NELP is a respected leader in federal workers’ rights advocacy and the go-to resource for state and local worker movements, providing unmatched policy, legal and technical assistance. As Executive Director, Dixon leads NELP’s work to build and contribute to a strong workers’ rights movement that dismantles structural racism, eliminates economic inequality and builds worker power. Her motivation for advancing workers’ rights and her commitment to economic justice are deeply rooted in her lived experience growing up in rural Mississippi at the intersection of race, class and gender characteristics that have long defined our ability to participate in our democracy and economy. Prior to becoming executive director, Dixon served on NELP’s Executive Management team as Chief of Programs, where she led the general management of all program areas, including strategy, planning, implementation and evaluation. She was a leader in the organizational restructuring of NELP, implemented in 2017, which improved organizational effectiveness and ensured authentic integration of an anti-racist framework to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, both internally and externally. Dixon founded and led NELP’s Breaking Barriers Program that focuses on improving job access, wages and working conditions for black workers in Mississippi and Louisiana. She previously served as a New York State Executive Fellow in the Office of the Governor, where she worked on labor and civil rights policy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English from Duke University and a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law.