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January 12, 2022 | Sherri Egerton

Mel Borja

Mel Borja is TCI's Worker Power Policy Analyst. She works to build public knowledge about the benefits of collective bargaining in Virginia and partners with labor advocates to increase public support for strengthening collective bargaining rights at the local and state level. Mel also currently serves as Vice Chair of the Virginia Office of New Americans Advisory Board. Previously, Mel managed the immigration casework portfolio in the Office of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine where she primarily focused on helping New Americans navigate the U.S. immigration system. In addition to legal aid and organizing experience, she has served in two of the three branches of Virginia state government as a 2018 Governor's Fellow in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and a Session Aide during the 2019 General Assembly. Born and raised in Virginia, Mel is the proud daughter of an Ecuadorian immigrant father & Puerto Rican mother. She earned her Bachelor's of Arts at the University of Virginia.
February 25, 2021 | Patrick

Phil Hernandez

Phil Hernandez is the Senior Vice President for Policy & Advocacy with The Commonwealth Institute. He works to maximize the impact of TCI’s policy analysis, advocacy, and legislative engagement. Phil is committed to people-powered change and designing policy collaboratively with directly impacted communities. Phil has worked with partners on legislation to increase Virginia’s minimum wage, strengthen unemployment insurance, and repeal some of the most onerous court debt collection practices. Previously, Phil was an attorney with the National Employment Law Project. Phil also worked in President Obama’s White House Domestic Policy Council. He serves on the board of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, REAL LIFE Richmond, and was appointed by the Governor to the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice. Phil holds a J.D. from the Berkeley School of Law and a B.A. from William & Mary. He is an active member of the Virginia State Bar.
May 10, 2021 | Sherri Egerton

Rodrigo Soto

Rodrigo works with partners across the commonwealth to make sure that Virginia can make investments that advance justice and break down barriers to opportunity for all by advancing policies that right the state’s upside-down tax code and close tax loopholes. He previously worked as a legislative aide in the Virginia House of Delegates for over three years. Rodrigo currently serves on the Virginia Latino Advisory Board, Virginia Milk Commission, UndocuMason Advisory Board, and Just Neighbors Board of Directors. Since coming out as both undocumented and gay, he has been committed to fighting for progressive change at all levels of government. Rodrigo earned his B.A. in communication from George Mason University.
February 25, 2021 | Patrick

Sherri Egerton

Sherri manages TCI’s communications efforts to ensure that our work is accessible and useful for people at every stage of advancing policy that improves the well-being of individuals and communities across Virginia. This includes the production of print and digital products, and managing relationships with media. Sherri has experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors, and served as program director at a camp and conference center where she was responsible for outreach, program planning, and implementation. Sherri has a B.A. in sociology from a small university in Michigan, and more recently was a student in the Master of Social Work program at Virginia Commonwealth University with a focus on social work administration, planning, and policy practice.
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