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Leadership & Staff
EXECUTIVE BOARD (BOARD OF DIRECTORS)
Richard Rogers, Chair
Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Greater Boston Labor Council
Noemi Ramos, Clerk
Executive Director, New England United for Justice
Tom Callahan, Treasurer
Executive Director, Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
Maria Belen Power
Green Space Organizer, Chelsea Collaborative
Political Director, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35
Vice President, 1199SEIU Massachusetts - United Healthcare Workers East
Organizing Director, Alternatives for Community and Environment
Manager/Vice President, New England Joint Board, UNITE HERE
Organizer, New England Regional Council of Carpenters
District Coordinator for Strategic Partnerships, SEIU 32BJ-District 615
Darlene started with CLU in 2006 as a Senior Organizer, became Organizing Director then Co-Director in 2008, and finally Executive Director in 2011, Darlene has been organizing around various community issues since 1996, including police accountability and home daycare justice at Direct Action for Rights and Equality in Providence, RI as well as transportation equity, gentrification and displacement, and education reform at Sisters in Action for Power in Portland, OR. She brings fifteen years' experience in community and youth organizing, leadership development and coalition-building to this work.
Senior Political Strategist
Bob has spent his lifetime in the labor movement. Bobs career in the Labor Movement began during his time at Raytheon where he was an active member and eventually became Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1505. After there he joined the Massachusetts AFL-CIO where he was a staff member for over 12 years Bob has become the Political Director of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. Bob resides in Marlboro with his wife and is a true Bostonian.
Soledad joined CLU’s staff in 2009. Soledad came to CLU from City Life/Vida Urbana where she began her organizing work eight years ago as a tenant organizer organizing low income and working class tenants of color. During her time at City Life, Soledad organized tenants in their struggle against rent increases and poor living conditions as well as their fight for respect from landlords. Soledad also helped form City Life’s Bank Tenant Association, which mobilizes tenants and former owners living in foreclosed properties against post foreclosure evictions. These efforts led to a city ordinance protecting tenants living in foreclosed properties.
Phil joined CLU’s staff in June 2014. Before joining CLU Phil was Director of Organizing at Boston Workers Alliance (BWA). Phil has worked to help end CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) discrimination and the crisis of joblessness in the community. Phil was one of the lead organizers in the Jobs not Jail statewide campaign that fought to end new prison construction. He has an extensive background in organizing as a political campaign manager and a legislative aid for former Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner and then State Senator Dianne Wilkerson. Phil is a lifelong and current resident of Roxbury.
Administrative and Program Coordinator
Danielle joined CLU's staff in July 2014. Before joining CLU Danielle was an Administrative Assistant for the Boston Inspectional Services (ISD). Danielle coordinated, scheduled and planned the City of Boston's Annual Open Streets Open World parade around connecting community businesses together. Danielle also interned at the Boston Federal Reserve Bank where she handled the banks internal data, updated there internal website and served as technical support for all.
Sarah Jimenez Research Fellow
Sarah came to CLU as a research fellow with the Center for Popular Democracy in September 2014. Prior to joining CLU, she worked for three years as an office manager for a small Boston design firm. She is currently a M.A. candidate in planning and policy at Tufts University and is focused on exploring participatory action research as a means to generate a strategic synergy between information gathering and community organizing.