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

John Doherty
Political Director, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35

Enid Eckstein
Vice President, 1199SEIU Massachusetts - United Healthcare Workers East

Lee Matsueda
Organizing Director, Alternatives for Community and Environment

Warren Pepicelli
Manager/Vice President, New England Joint Board, UNITE HERE

Craig Ransom
Organizer, New England Regional Council of Carpenters

Khalida Smalls
District Coordinator for Strategic Partnerships,
SEIU 32BJ-District 615

STAFF

Darlene Lombos
Executive Director

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 Shenk
Deputy Director

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.

Bob Bower
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 Boyd
Senior Organizer

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.

Phillip Reason 
Senior Organizer

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.

Danielle Simpson
Administrative Support

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.