Salewa is a Nigerian-American social justice organizer with a passion for building political power grounded in collective liberation. She joins Pennsylvania Voice with over a decade of experience designing, developing, and leading electoral campaigns and field programs in 15+ states and in the District of Columbia.
Most recently, Salewa spent time as the Civic Engagement and Political Manager at Center for Popular Democracy where she worked closely with 13 affiliates in AZ, FL, GA, MI, MN, PA, and WI on the implementation of a “7 Touch Strategy” that culminates in membership building, issue advocacy, political education, and electoral engagement. As a co-chair of the CPD Action staff union, Salewa worked closely with organizational management on the implementation of a new collective bargaining agreement to ensure an equitable workplace for all employees.
Previously, Salewa worked with the One Pennsylvania team as Political Director, where she led successful field efforts registering over 10,000 new voters across the state, knocking on over 500,000 doors, and signing up over 250 dues-paying members of the organization. Under her leadership, One Pennsylvania members executed a value-based political endorsement process in addition to winning victories across the state, including a ban on first- and second-grade suspensions within the School District of Philadelphia. She’s most proud of the time she spent with workers and advocates to win Fair Workweek legislation in Philadelphia, the most significant labor policy passed in the city in recent history that guaranteed more than 130,000 retail, food service, and hospitality workers stability in their schedules.
Salewa began her political experience with DC-based consulting firm Field Strategies, where she implemented integrated field, mail, phone, and digital programs in historically neglected communities throughout the country. As a graduate of Prince George’s County Public Schools, and a former employee of the School District of Philadelphia, she is deeply invested in public policy that prioritizes people over profits and strengthens community relationships with the understanding that “without community, there is no liberation.” When she isn’t using her free time to dive into the works of Audre Lorde and other brilliant writers across the diaspora, she enjoys spirited debates with her nephews (3 and 5-year-old grown men), flexing her interior design skills, and translating contemporary Hip-Hop and R&B to harp music.