Lara Granich is the Director of Missouri Jobs with Justice. JwJ builds statewide power for workers' rights and economic policy issues. She has helped lead successful campaigns to increase the minimum wage, defend affirmative action, support workers organizing unions and bargaining for better lives at work. She also currently co-chairs the JwJ National Board. Lara is a native Missourian where she was a member of the IATSE Local B-2 for seven years. She attended Macalester College in St. Paul, MN graduating with a degree in International Studies including field work in Colombia. Lara worked at the Instituto Teologico da Bahia in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil before returning to Missouri to work as a neighborhood organizer. While working as union organizer she was a founding of the St Louis JwJ coalition before becoming state director. Lara lives in St Louis with her husband Brendan Smith. They are a super aunt/uncle team to a dozen nieces and nephews.