Family Values @ Work Board

Family Values @ Work Board of Directors
Family Values @ Work Board

Family Values @ Work board members are leaders in the organizations that anchor our nine core state coalitions (CA, CO, GA, MA, NJ, NY, OR, WA, and WI), with the addition of our Labor Project for Working Families representative, Cheryl Teare.

Cindia Cameron
Organizing Director

As Organizing Director for 9to5, Ms Cameron coordinates issue campaigns, provides leadership and program development to chapters and staff across the country. She is a media spokesperson and public speaker for community and employer audiences on a range of working women’s issues, including living wages, sexual harassment, working poverty and family friendly policies. Ms Cameron also serves as Co-Chair of the Georgia Job/Family Collaborative, a coalition of more than 50 local and statewide organizations whose mission is to expand access to family leave and other policies that help working families balance their responsibilities at home and on the job. She has a background in adult and labor education, with a BA in Economics and Labor Studies from Rutgers University, and has worked for 9to5 since 1983.

Jenya Cassidy
Project Director
California Work & Family Coalition

Erica Clemmons
State Director
9to5 Atlanta

Erica is a Community activist at heart, who believes that we should have full access to all civil and human rights equally. Her fight for economic and social justice started as a political organizer with The United Food and Commercial Workers Union local 1996 in Atlanta Ga..  Erica has a passion and commitment to build Young People’s involvement in the movement of social and economic justice. Currently as the State Director for the Georgia Chapter of 9to5 Working Women, Erica fights to end employment discrimination for women and girls.

 Donna Dolan
New York Paid Leave Coalition

Donna Dolan is Executive Director of the New York Paid Leave Coalition (NYPLC), an organization which promotes sensible workplace policy change in New York to reduce gender disparity and build greater economic security for vulnerable working families. NYPLC was one of the leaders of the campaign which won Paid Family Leave Insurance in NYS in 2016 and a paid sick days bill in New York City in 2013, which was expanded in 2014. Donna has over 25 years experience in making workplaces more family-friendly. Prior to 2010 she served as the Communications Workers of America District 1 Director of Work/Family Issues, leading the jointly administered work/family project with Verizon, negotiated through collective bargaining in 1989, which received national recognition. Donna was one of the labor movement’s experts on work/family issue bargaining and program implementation. Over the years, she has spoken at national work/life, union, and business conferences; was a panelist on cable TV; interviewed by NPR; and quoted on work/family issues in the print media. Donna co-authored two of the labor movement’s publications on Work/Family as well as a chapter in Work-Life Effectiveness: Bottom-Line Strategies for Today’s Workplace. She has served as the Chair of the NYS AFL-CIO Task Force on Paid Family Leave, on the Boards of Child Care Inc (now the Center for Children’s Initiatives) and the Labor Project for Working Families Advisory Board. She was a founder and board member of the Alliance for Work/Life Progress. The NYPLC is a founding member of Family Values @ Work, a national network of coalitions in 24 states working for paid sick days, paid family leave, and related labor standards. Donna is a graduate of Boston College and holds a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Bowling Green State University.

Deb Fastino
Executive Director
Coalition for Social Justice

Astar Herndon
State Director
9to5 Wisconsin

Astar Herndon, State Director at 9to5 Wisconsin, has served as a non-for profit advocate and community organizer since her undergraduate tenure in 2006. She’s managed various policy campaigns aimed at changing communities of color and readily uses her skills and talents toward the missions of equality, and unity. She holds her Masters in Policy Studies from DePaul University in Chicago, IL and proudly serves as missions volunteer and loves cooking, music, art and culture.

Dena Mottola Jaborska
Associate Director
NJ Citizen Action

Neha Mahajan
State Director
9to5 Colorado

The daughter of South Asian immigrants, Neha Mahajan has supported social justice and community organizing efforts for over 15 years.  As a young activist, she developed political consciousness in movements for immigrant justice, youth organizing, ending violence towards women of color and dismantling the prison industrial complex.  She is currently the State Director of 9to5 Colorado, where she oversees their mission to organize of low-wage working women around campaigns for paid sick days; paid family and medical leave; and affordable housing, transit and childcare.  Prior to her role at 9to5, Neha also served as Development Director of Survivors Organizing for Liberation (a statewide organization dedicated to end violence against the LGBTQ community) and Co-Executive Director of the Chinook Fund, Colorado’s only activist-led social justice foundation. She is currently on the Board of Directors of GIFT and member of Standing In Our Power, a national network of women of color committed to transforming leadership for social justice organizations.  Neha is passionate about centering and supporting the leadership of women and LGBTQ people of color in movements for social change.

Andrea Paluso
Executive Director
Family Forward Oregon

Gabriela Quintana
Work & Family Coalition Organizer
Economic Opportunity Institute

Gabriela earned a Masters of Social Work from Boston University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington. Prior to joining EOI, Gabriela managed her own consulting business where she worked on social and racial justice issues such as the panhandling ordinance in Seattle, the voting restoration rights bill in Olympia as well as on some state-wide initiatives such as the domestic partnership and the anti-liquor privatization initiatives. She was the key organizer for the Seattle Paid Sick Days campaign in 2011 and recently played a strong role in strategy and organizing for Washington’s Paid Family and Medical leave law that passed in July 2017.

Cheryl Teare
Union Leadership Institute Director
American Federation of Teachers

Ms. Cheryl Teare is an Assistant to the President and the Director of the Union leadership Institute for the AFT. She is responsible for developing and delivering courses and workshops which enhance the skills of elected leaders, works with locals interested in quality and partnership efforts, and designs and delivers a full range of labor oriented training. Ms Teare is a skilled facilitator and has a passionate interest in alternative dispute resolution. Prior to joining AFT she was associated with the National Treasury Employees Union where she held the positions of Field Representative, Assistant Counsel for Negotiation, and Director of Cooperative Efforts and she has run county level political campaigns.. Ms Teare is also a licensed attorney.

Marilyn Watkins
Policy Director
Economic Opportunity Institute

Marilyn Watkins is Policy Director at the Economic Opportunity Institute, a Seattle-based nonprofit policy center that focuses on changing public policies to create an economy that works for everyone. Her research and advocacy focus on gender and income inequality, paid leave, state revenue, and retirement security. She leads the Washington Work and Family Coalition and spearheaded the successful campaigns for paid sick days in Seattle and paid family and medical leave in Washington state. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington and serves on the executive committee of Family Values @ Work. Before joining EOI in 1999, she worked as a historical consultant and taught courses in Pacific Northwest and American women’s history. She earned a B.A. at Harvard and Ph.D. in history at the University of Michigan.