A personal announcement from our Executive Director, Caitlin Pearce

Oct 07, 2019

I am writing to let you know that after nine amazing years at Freelancers Union, I will be leaving my role as Executive Director in December.

It has been an honor to spend the past nine years working alongside so many talented colleagues, allies, and members to advocate for better policies and solutions for independent workers. Together we enacted the first ever Freelance Isn’t Free Law, fought for better access to benefits, and shed light on the fact that that one in three American workers is freelancing.

On a personal note, I am forever changed by working with so many of our members who have the immense talent, courage, and resilience to strike out on their own and redesign what work and opportunity looks like. I wish I could thank you all personally for the work you have done in strengthening our community and giving voice to independent work.

Together we have accomplished many great things, and that work will continue. Our board is leading the search for a successor, and I will be here to support the transition to Freelancers Union’s next chapter.

Since Sara Horowitz founded Freelancers Union in 1995, freelancing has gone from a perceived niche way of working to an increasingly powerful economic driver. Freelancers Union has played a critical role in defining the freelancers movement by giving this constituency a voice, and building strength through our community.

There is still much work to be done. Freelancers Union is well positioned to support its members in innovative ways as the freelance economy continues to grow and presents new challenges.

I look forward to all of the successes that lie ahead, and I wish each of you my very best.


Caitlin Pearce

Caitlin Pearce is the Executive Director of Freelancers Union.