Sara Horowitz

Sara Horowitz 1996 Global Fellow

Working Today - Freelancers Union

Civil & Human Rights

Health & Healthcare

North America, United States

Sara Horowitz 1996 Global Fellow

Bold Idea 

Help independent workers access key protections such as health insurance and other benefits by building links with professional associations, membership- and community-based organizations, unions and companies.


Sara Horowitz founded Working Today in 1995 to represent the needs and concerns of the growing independent workforce. Working Today seeks to update the nation’s social safety net, developing systems so that all working people can access affordable benefits, regardless of their job arrangement. To further this mission, Working Today created Freelancers Union. Sara has been widely recognized for her entrepreneurial efforts to build a new support system for independent workers, including creating and running a social-purpose insurance company to serve Freelancers Union members. Sara was named one of "25 People to Watch" in 2010 by Crain's New York, was selected as one of 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow at the 2002 World Economic Forum by the Schwab Foundation, was named as one of Esquire Magazine's 50 Best and Brightest in 2002, and received a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" in 1999. Before founding Freelancers Union, Sara was a private practice labor attorney and union organizer with 1199, the National Health and Human Service Employees Union. She has a master's degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, a law degree cum laude from the SUNY Buffalo Law School, and a B.S. from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations.