Nina Disalvo

Strategic Advisor

Nina came to Towards Justice in 2014 as the organization’s first Executive Director. Nina built a talented staff team and strategic board of directors to collaboratively define organizational priorities for combating workplace injustice through litigation, access to justice, education and advocacy. Nina implemented organizational priorities and supervised staff while building organizational partnerships locally and nationally. Although Towards Justice started out fighting wage theft, under Nina’s leadership it challenged a wide variety of practices that nickel-and-dime low-wage workers out of their hard-earned wages. Using antitrust, fraud, wage and hour, and common-law challenges, Towards Justice filed cutting edge litigation designed to combat the inequities in our marketplace that not only undermine workplace rights but also calcify inequality. Meanwhile, Nina developed and implemented media and communications strategies to advance programmatic and policy goals, regularly appeared in local and national media, raised awareness of workplace injustice as a speaker and panelist at public events, and co-chaired the Colorado Wage Theft Task Force. Nina also designed organizational and individual performance monitoring systems, created and administered human resources, IT, management, and fiscal compliance systems, and developed a sustainable local and national donor base. After four and a half years leading Towards Justice, Nina stepped back from her role to spend more time with her family, but continues to consult for Towards Justice, manage strategic programs, and serve on the board of directors for the organization.

Nina came to Towards Justice from Governor Cuomo’s administration in New York State, where she served as Special Counsel to the Secretary of State. In that capacity, Nina worked to create the New York State Office for New Americans, the Empire State Fellows Program, and the Regional Economic Development Councils Opportunity Agenda. Nina also managed various divisions within the New York State Department of State, represented the Secretary on boards and commissions, and adjudicated administrative appeals related to occupational licensure. Prior to joining New York State government, Nina was a lawyer associated with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where she dedicated substantial time to employment law litigation. Nina also worked as a research fellow with human rights organizations in Argentina and taught high school in rural Puerto Rico. Nina received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in government and Latin American studies from Wesleyan University. Nina is fluent in Spanish and English, and grew up between upstate New York, Puerto Rico, and the Turks and Caicos islands.

Board Service:

  • DENVER IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE COMMISSION Denver, Colorado: Commissioner, July 2018-Present
  • TOWARDS JUSTICE Denver Colorado: Board Member, May 2014-Present
  • COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER Denver, Colorado: Board Member, January 2016-May 2017; Finance Committee Member April 2016-May 2017
  • HER JUSTICE New York, New York: Junior Advisory Board Member, June 2011-March 2014; Co-Chair Volunteer Connection Committee, March 2013-March 2014

Selected Presentations:

  • Harvard Law School, Unrigging the Labor Market Convening, July 2018
  • Detention Watch Network, Plenary Session Speaker, June 2018
  • Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, Fighting Wage Theft and Workplace Abuse in Colorado, June 2018
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters Western District Payroll Fraud Conference, May 2018
  • Freedom Network Conference, Immigrant Detention and Labor Trafficking, April 2018
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee Conference, Workers Center Roundtable, May 2017
  • Curious Theatre Community Panel, Building the Wall, April 2017
  • The Center on Human Rights Education’s 18th Annual Symposium, Colorado Case Study of Informal Labor, April 2017
  • Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition 2016 State Assembly, Wage Theft and How to Fight Back, July 2016
  • Colorado Anti-Trafficking Task Force, May 2016
  • Southwest Bar Association, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Wage Claim Process, March 2016
  • Colorado Women’s Legislative Breakfast, February 2016
  • Plaintiffs Employment Lawyers Association, Wage Theft & the New CDLE Procedure, March 2015

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State
  • Colorado
  • District of Colorado
  • Southern District of New York