Nikkilia Lu, otherwise known as Nikki Lu, is the Western PA Political Director for the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ (32BJ SEIU). At 32BJ SEIU, Lu consults on electoral politics, maintains legislative affairs, and builds coalitions with key stakeholders inside and outside of government. During her tenure at 32BJ SEIU, Lu has worked to pass multiple pieces of legislation with Pittsburgh City Council. Most notably, in 2015, she led the coalition of partners in a campaign for the passage of The Paid Sick Days Act. Through her work on the Paid Sick Days coalition Lu became more acquainted with the Women and Girls Foundation. She has volunteered as a panelist and chaperone for GirlGov for two years in a row. In 2014, PoliticsPA named Lu as one of Pennsylvania’s 2014 Rising [Political] Stars: 30 Under 30. In 2013, Lu ran victorious back-to-back electoral campaigns for first time candidates, now Pittsburgh City Councilmembers, Dan Gilman and Deborah Gross. In 2012, Lu moved to Mayor Bill Peduto’s former City Council office, where she worked on public policy projects. In 2011, Lu worked for the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University. There, she collected and analyzed data on the disparity between men and women in elected office in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Lu is a graduate of the Women in Leadership program at Coro Pittsburgh. Lu is also a graduate of the EMERGE America program as part of the EMERGE PA inaugural class. EMERGE is the premier electoral training program for Democratic women –teaching them how to elevate their leadership skills in order to successfully run for public office. Lu was nominated by members of the community to participate in both the CORO and EMERGE programs and accepted an offer to participate. Lu received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Washington & Jefferson College in 2011 and her Master of Public and International Affairs degree from The University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in 2013. During graduate school, Lu worked full time, gaining a diverse set of professional experiences in government and politics.