Coalition Director, Alameda Labor Council (Alameda County, CA), AFL-CIO. Jan. 2006 – March 2008 Political Organizer, Jan. 2004-6
Managed labor collaborations and community coalitions as staff liaison for 130+ affiliated unions, representing more than 100,000 working families in Alameda County (fourteen cities including Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, and unincorporated areas). Activities included hundreds of actions, picket lines, and rallies, involving thousands of union members and community allies in support of contract campaigns.
· Coordinated successful campaign to pass a Community Impact Report ordinance at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, regulating developments of large retail stores in the County.
· Coordinated successful campaign to pass a Living Wage ordinance in the City of San Leandro
· Project management and coordination with Community Benefits coalition to successfully win local hire, union jobs, apprenticeship programs, and low-income affordable housing at City of Oakland’s largest redevelopment project, Oak to Ninth.
· Support and coordination of Coalition for Clean, Safe Ports campaign at the Port of Oakland to raise issue of air emission reduction, local hire, small business support, and right to organize opportunities for 2,500 low wage truck drivers and community residents.
· Support and coordination of securing union jobs, affordable housing, environmental cleanup, and historic/cultural preservation at City of Oakland’s 2nd largest redevelopment project, 16th and Wood Street Train Station (West Oakland).
· Coordination, staffing, strategy development and organizing for electoral campaigns in eight elections, from volunteer recruitment for the 20th State Assembly race (South Alameda County, Alberto Torrico), to precinct targeting in the Oakland City Council special elections to the Dellums Mayoral race and field mobilization for Sandre Swanson Assembly race.
· Managed three political campaign school trainings with more than 150 diverse labor unions, community allies, and political party representatives and leaders
· Helped successfully establish, coordinate, and staff multiple electoral coalitions, including 2004 Presidential general (West Oakland Votes!), 2006 State Gubernatorial Primary & General (Oakland Mayoral/Oakland City Council), 2005 CA Special Election (Alliance for a Better California, Alameda).
Research & Organizing Consultant, 2002 – 2004
· Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) – Research, development, and drafting of a national report on youth organizing in United States; assisted with grant development projects, salary scale reports, and organizer trainings; · Applied Research Center (ARC) – Assistant researcher on project focusing on new grassroots, community organizing formations throughout the United States that engage in State intervention strategies & electoral politics; · Low Income Families’ Empowerment Through Education (LIFETIME)- guided organizing of “End Poverty, not Welfare” campaign, including development and facilitation of action trainings for welfare moms/dads regarding state budget cuts to Cal WORKS.
Executive Director- Chinese Progressive Association (SF), 2000 –2002
Led and managed 35 yr old, SF Chinatown based, 1,000+ dues paying member organization, with $500,000 annual budget that included 5 full time staff and 10 paid interns; directed programs on housing, youth leadership, worker center, and women’s’ leadership. Successfully established worker center for low wage, Chinese immigrant electronic assembly workers during and after 9/11, leading campaign to win over $250,000 in back wages for 200 workers
Project Director, Lead Organizer- Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), 1992– 2000
Staffed 30 yr old, statewide environmental justice, membership-based organizing and advocacy non-profit: developed, implemented, and monitored successful direct action SF Bay area organizing campaigns to reduce toxic pollution, provide multilingual fish health warnings and outreach. Recruited and developed leaders from more than 10,000 dues paying members, forming CBE’s first environmental justice organizing project -- SAFER! -- staffing its campaigns as organizer, lead organizer, project director. Established CBE’s first elected project board, resulting in grassroots, racially diverse membership representation on the statewide board of directors.
Bachelor of Arts, Oberlin College, Ohio, 1992. Cumulative GPA: 3.58 Double Major: (1) History (Asian/American and Third World) (2) Chinese Language & Literature. (Mandarin) Includes semesters at Yunnan University, China and Taipei Language Institute, Taiwan.
Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Public Policy Institute. University of California, Berkeley, 1991.