Fekkak Mamdouh

Co-Founder, Co-Director
Fekkak Mamdouh

Fekkak Mamdouh came to the United States from Morocco in 1988 at the age of 27. He worked in New York City restaurants since he arrived, and finally moved to Windows on the World when it reopened in 1996. As a waiter at Windows, Mamdouh was always a staunch worker advocate. As shop steward for the union at Windows, Mamdouh constantly stood up for the rights of all workers; workers from all shifts and positions turned to him for help and assistance. After September 11th, 2001, Mamdouh initially led search parties for the families of the 73 victims who lost their lives at Windows, and then later was hired by the union HERE Local 100 to staff a temporary operation known as the Immigrant Worker Assistance Alliance (IWAA) to provide relief services to his fellow displaced workers and to the families of his brothers and sisters who had lost their lives at Windows. When the IWAA shut down in February, Mamdouh Co-founded ROC-NY the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, in April 2002. And in January 2008, he co-founded the country’s first national restaurant worker organization, Restaurant Opportunities Center United. He is the co-author of The Accidental American, a book about his life and the story of ROC United.