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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
Tenant Organizer, City Life/Vida Urbana
Vice President, 1199SEIU Massachusetts - United Healthcare Workers East
Jovanna Garcia Soto
Green Space Organizer, Chelsea Collaborative
Political Director, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35
Organizing Director, Alternatives for Community and Environment
Manager/Vice President, New England Joint Board, UNITE HERE
Organizer, New England Regional Council of Carpenters
Senior Organizer, 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.
Jeremy came to Community Labor United in 2009 from the Service Employees International Union Local 615 where he was the community organizer. Among other things he built community support for a campaign of almost 1500 security officers who protect buildings in downtown Boston, Back Bay, and Cambridge to first form a union and then get a first union contract that had affordable high quality healthcare, significant wage increases, and other benefits for the first time. He was raised in Virginia and lived and organized for five years with the United Steelworkers and the Thomas Merton Center in Pittsburgh PA before relocating to Boston in 2007.
Diana joined CLU in March of 2010. For over 5 years, Diana has been involved in community organizing and advocacy in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Prior to her work at CLU, she worked as a Campaign Organizer at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA Coalition) where she helped lead two statewide legislative and budgetary initiatives- one campaign at securing equal higher education access for immigrant students and the other aimed at increasing public funding for ESOL programs. Diana also worked at the MA State House, SEIU Local 615 and City Life/Vida Urbana. Currently, Diana serves on the Advisory Board of SIM (Student Immigrant Movement), the unifying organizing structure for immigrant youth in Massachusetts. Diana is Ecuadorean-American and recently returned from a year long stay in her family’s home country.
Senior Political Strategist
Bob has spent his lifetime in the labor movement, starting at Raytheon and becoming the Political Director of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.
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.
Administration and Grants Manager
Mike joined CLU's staff in 2009. He has worked as a graphic artist, community newspaper editor, and organizer in the Vietnam, Central America, and Iraq antiwar/solidarity movements. For the past decade he has led popular economics trainings for unions and community groups through United for a Fair Economy and the UMass Lowell Labor Extension Program.