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Cat Salonek has organized for nearly 15 years across movement spaces and geographic areas. Her current work as the Director of Organizing and Policy is focused on building a statewide base of trans and queer folks to challenge business as usual.

Cat has spent time union organizing with Communication Workers of America where she led a campaign with immgiration court interpreters that ultimately won an important case that will impact freelance workers for years. She cut her teeth on national organizing with and Occupy Wall Street offshoot, Occupy Homes MN, an organization dedicated to holding Big Banks accountable for the chaos they impose on those who can least withstand it. She worked with community members to hold down multi-week home occupations that resulted in multi-billion dollar national settlements. Cat has trained thousands of new and experienced organizers and raised well over a million dollars in grassroots funds for our movement. In her free time she loves to play with her niece and nephews and sing loudly whenever she can.