Saru Jayaraman

  • 2019 — Symposium Speaker, Author

Saru Jayaraman is co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), a national organization of restaurant workers, employers and consumers, as well as director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. Named in CNN's “Top10 Visionary Women” list, she was also recognized as a “Champion of Change" by the White House in 2014 and given a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2015. Jayaraman is the author of Behind the Kitchen Door, a national bestseller, as well as Forked: A New Standard for American Dining. She has appeared on MSNBC, HBO, PBS, CBS and CNN, and attended the Golden Globes in 2018 with Amy Poehler as part of the Times Up action to address sexual harassment.