The nonprofit Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice has named Virginia Romano as its new executive director.
Romano’s background includes more than 25 years working with nonprofit organizations serving families and others in need. She has a strong background in development and nonprofit management including years of service at the Kresge Foundation, Family Service Inc. in Detroit and the Family Service Association of San Antonio.
“Virginia Romano’s years of social justice work brings a rich and varied experience,” said John Philo, legal director of the Sugar Law Center. “We are honored and privileged to have a person of Virginia’s caliber join our staff, and will undoubtedly help our organization continue and expand our work combating wage theft, advocating for community benefits, and to overturn Michigan’s emergency manager law.”
“There has never been a more crucial time in Detroit’s history, and Sugar Law’s support of workers and voters is at the heart Detroit’s revitalization,” Romano said. “I am greatly excited to join Sugar Law’s efforts to ensure wage and community justice, and to support the efforts by citizens across the state to restore democracy in Michigan’s local governments.”
She added that she looks forward to working with all of Sugar Law Center’s supporters in Detroit and across the country to ensure economic and social justice for all.
The Sugar Law Center provides legal advocacy, representation, education and technical support to empower community groups, workers’ rights groups and individuals seeking systemic change toward economic and social justice. Visit

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