National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, Chicago, IL



Contact Info
1020 West Bryn Mawr; 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60660-4699
Tel: (773) 728-8400
Fax: (773) 728-9409
Community Description:

The National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice is a national organization that educates and mobilizes the religious community on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers, especially low-wage workers. A student working with the agency will have the opportunity to learn how the broad religious community is involved in worker justice issues. The organization is on the "cutting edge" in working with both the religious community and the labor movement. The organization works all over the country with people of faith from all different racial and ethnic backgrounds. One of our primary campaigns is to support poultry workers who are located from Delaware to Texas. These 200,000 workers are primarily African-American and Latino men. Other campaigns we support involve workers from varying backgrounds, but increasingly the lowest paid and hardest employment in the U.S. is going to immigrant—primarily Latinos.

Position Description:

There are several projects the person could work on, but all would involve some of the same tasks. The person would organize religious leaders, work with workers and their representatives to develop campaigns for involving the religious community, develop educational materials related to those campaigns, make presentations about the campaigns, and facilitate various groups working together for justice. It would be helpful if the persons could travel occasionally.


Sung Yeon Choi-Morrow

McCormick TheologicalSeminary, Chicago, IL

Masters of Divinity- May 2009

Graduated with Academic Honors


Wheaton College,Wheaton,IL, Bachelor of Art, Political Science - May 2005


Midwest Academy Community Organizing Training

Emerging Leaders Program

Wellstone Action Working on a Campaign Training


Program Experience:

•    Collaborate in running Impact Fellows Program, a summer civic engagement internship for college students

•    Manage, coordinate and conduct large special events, trainings and workshops

•    Develop curriculum for leadership development and organizing trainings

•    Design and conduct multi-agency projects

•    Recruit participants/students


Supervisory/Management Experience:

•    Manage a multi-community organization coalition through 2 successful campaigns

•    Hire and manage 5 staff

•    Promoted to Senior Organizer which include increase management responsibilities


Organizing Experience:

•    Organize Asian Americans (churches, student groups, community based organizations) in coalition with other immigrant groups and organizations in Chicagoland area as a part of a national campaign for Immigration Reform, including worker rights for H1-b visa holders

•    Organize community members in Chicago and suburbs on state issues such as State Budget Cut and Redistricting and Municipal Electoral campaign


Community Organizer- Asian American Institute (AAI),Chicago,IL I July 2009 - January 2011

•    Organize Asian American churches in support of immigrant issues including worker justice for H1-b visa holders and overall increase in civic participation

•    Train staff and volunteers of Asian American community-based organizations to conduct community meetings and legislative meetings, and educational workshops on civic engagement

•    Lead workshops at conferences attended by College students and young professionals

o    Topics include: Faith-based organizing, Electoral organizing, Best practices of Organizing in Asian American Communities, Organizing for Immigration Reform, led the Social Justice track at a 4-day National Chinese Christian Conference

•    Collaborate with other immigrant organizations (mostly Latino) on Immigration, State budget cuts and redistricting

•    Serve on the planning committee for Advancing Justice Conference, a national Asian American civil rights conference that take place annually

•    Design and lead workshops and facilitate experiential learning for AAI's youth leadership program, Impact Fellows Program which aims to develop Asian American college students to spend the summer developing professional skills and engaging in social and civic issues impacting the Asian American community

•    Recruit college students through student groups at UIC, Loyola and University of Chicago and other young adults to participate in AAI's organizing work and AAI's Impact Fellows Program

•    Hire and supervise temporary staff who assist with Community Organizing

•    Run multi-agency electoral organizing campaign involving 8 Asian American community based organizations

•    Meet with foundation officers and other funders to speak about the organizing program

Promoted to: Senior Organizer- January 2011 to present

In addition to above duties:

•    Develop strategy for inter-departmental projects connecting policy and legal research to community education and community organizing

•    Participate in strategic meetings to develop other program areas such as Leadership Development Program to better include organizing strategies and methodologies in trainings


Program Associate,Center for Asian American Ministries at McCormick Theological Seminary

Chicago, IL I August  2006 - May 2009

•    Plan semi-annual events for the seminary community to raise awareness of Asian American issues such as panels, workshops and cultural events

•    Plan monthly speaker events highlighting Asian American civic and religious leaders

•    Serve on various committees from operations to hiring to provide input on behalf of the Asian American and international students

•    Work with Seminary faculty to include more Asian American issues into curriculum

•    Collaborate with Seminary staff and students to create a more inclusive community, especially for international students

•    Provide support for international students

Student Recruiter, Office of Admissions at McCormick Theological Seminary, May 2007-May 2008

•    Work with a team of student recruiters to identify prospective seminary students by setting up booths at conference and colleges

•    Conduct follow up calls and email correspondence with prospective students

•    Assist in planning and hosting seminary visitation days

•    Assist with orientation


Practicum Group Leader, Chicago Semester, Chicago,IL I August 2005 - May 2006

•    Lead a small group (6-8 students) from Christian Colleges in the Midwest studying in Chicago facilitating discussions and learnings on social justice from their faith and professional experiences during their semester

•    Advise students on an individual basis

•    Conduct evaluations with students' internship supervisors

•    Serve as liaison for Chicago Semester to students' internship sites

•    Teach sections of a class on cultural and social dynamics of Chicago

Program Associate,Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE),Chicago IL I May 2005 - June 2006

•    Coordinate biennial national conference attended by 500 people. Work include:

o    conduct planning meetings, networking with people, and recruiting attendees

o     recruit speakers and workshop leaders working in area of faith based civic engagement o    coordinate logistics and marketing for the conference

o    work with graphic designer to design marketing materials

•    Conduct focus groups and surveys to assess quality of programs offered at the organization

•    Assist with grant writing and grant reports

•    Develop new marketing materials for all of SCUPE's programs



By car: Edgewater Presbyterian Church is 14 miles north of McCormick Seminary. Take Lakeshore Drive north; exit at Bryn Mawr and cross Sheridan Road. Edgewater Presbyterian is on the north side of Bryn Mawr at the intersection of Bryn Mawr and Kenmore. Go to fourth floor. By train: Take the Metra to Randolph Street, walk west to State Street. Go down into the CTA entrance, take the Dan Ryan-Howard (Red) Line, north to Bryn Mawr. Walk east two blocks to the church.