As Garment Campaign Organizer, Jeeva works to co-strategize and execute powerful transnational labor rights campaigns with GLJ-ILRF’s core garment supply chain partners. Jeeva is deeply committed to building strong, transformational partnerships between unions and other grassroots worker organizations in the U.S. and garment worker unions in the Global South based on shared values, mutual self-interest, and a common understanding of the global economy. She learned to organize from the incredible rank-and-file leaders and staff members in two fighting unions, UNITE HERE and The Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Jeeva was a shop steward at UNITE HERE 274 while working as a bartender at the Philadelphia International Airport. Later, she became a strategic researcher at the SEIU 32BJ, where she co-developed campaigns to set and raise working standards in the property service sector. Jeeva has campaigned with workers from various sectors, including airport workers, restaurant workers, hotel workers, custodians, public sector workers, and security guards.
Jeeva became involved with international organizing through the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), where she coordinated rapid response support for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) union leaders under threat.
She still makes a mean margarita and has a deep and abiding love for Jackie Chan.