About NELP

RaisetheMinimumWage.com is a project of the National Employment Law Project. Working with state and national advocates and legislators, the National Employment Law Project is committed to rebuilding the wage floor for low-wage workers in the US.

With our partners, we can provide strategic support, technical assistance, research, materials, and coordination for campaigns.


For more information on raising your state minimum wage, please contact Paul Sonn at the National Employment Law Project, at psonn@nelp.org


Paul K. Sonn, Legal Co-Director

(212) 285-3025 x.351
New York City Office


For fifteen years Paul has worked on new approaches for promoting living wage jobs. His work has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine, the Nation, and the New York Law Journal. From 1999-2008, he was co-director of the Economic Justice Project at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice. From 1994-1999 he was a Skadden Fellow and then assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.


J.D., Yale Law School
A.B., Dartmouth College


Tsedeye Gebreselassie, Staff Attorney

(212) 285-3025 ext. 314
New York City Office


Tsedeye joined NELP in 2008. She works on researching and promoting policy tools that create good jobs. Prior to law school, she worked as an organizer for New York’s Working Families Party.


J.D., New York University School of Law
B.A., Brown University


Arun Ivatury, Campaign Strategist

202-887-8202 ext 366
DC office


Arun Ivatury leads the campaign to pass a minimum wage increase at the federal level and supports NELP’s broader work to ensure quality jobs for all working people. Arun comes to NELP after nearly 13 years at the Service Employees International Union and its local affiliates, where he worked in a variety of roles to organize and raise wages for some of the country's most vulnerable workers. As Deputy Director and then Organizing Director of SEIU’s Property Services Division, Arun oversaw a campaign that will allow 30,000 contract security officers to form a union and boost their wages. Arun also spent time on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide for a progressive member of the House of Representatives, where he gained insight into how activists and advocates can interact with lawmakers to lay the groundwork for real social change


M.A., New School for Social Research
B.A., Princeton University


Yannet Lathrop, Campaign Writer & Researcher

(202) 887-8202 x369
Washington, DC office


Yannet joined NELP from the Michigan League for Public Policy, where she worked as a Policy Analyst specializing in wage and poverty issues.  She represented MLPP in the Raise Michigan minimum wage campaign, for which she wrote reports and communications pieces, and did television and radio spots in support of the campaign.  Previously, she worked as a writer for the New School for Social Research, as a Communications Associate for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Story Union, as a bilingual Social Services Coordinator for a New York-based non-profit, and as a congressional intern.  In addition to her academic degrees, she has a Professional Certificate in Labor Studies from the City University of New York.


M.I., Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
M.Phil, New School for Social Research
B.A., University of Minnesota