Leadership & Staff


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


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. 

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.

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.

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.