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(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(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


Yannet Lathrop, Campaign Writer & Researcher

(202) 887-8202(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

Mitchell Hirsch, Web and Campaign Associate

New York City office


After being laid off from a long-standing job in the retail industry, Mitchell Hirsch turned full-time to his life-long passions of politics and journalism. He was named 2010 CREDO Mobile/Netroots Nation Blog Activist of the Year for his work on Working America’s Main Street Blog, and joined NELP in 2010.