Pugh served as Executive Director of SEIU Local 99. In this post, she helped lead negotiations for a landmark increase in the minimum wage for Los Angeles Unified School District employees. Hailed as a significant victory in the nationwide “Fight for $15,” the wage increase capped Courtni’s impressive career as the head of the local.
A veteran political strategist and community organizer, Pugh has managed numerous multi-million dollar independent expenditure campaigns in California. She began her career as a field organizer in Oakland, California. She later held senior posts in such campaigns as John Edwards for President, Kerry-Edwards 2004, and Gore-Lieberman 2000. She has also served as Legislative Director for U.S. Congressman Danny Davis in Washington D.C.
Push’s work at SEIU Local 99 in 2014 capped an impressive run as a leader in organized labor. In other positions, Pugh served as Political Director of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. She was the first woman and first Asian America to serve in this post. She also served as Executive Director of the SEIU California State Council, and in 2010 played a key role in running labor’s independent expenditure campaign in support of Jerry Brown for Governor, including overseeing outreach to Hispanic Voters through Cambiando California.
Pugh holds a B.A. in political science from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.