Staff

Our staff are dedicated to supporting the rights of workers and to building power for workers through a variety of strategies.  To reach us, fill out the form on our contact page or call us at 202-347-4100.  Members of the media, please contact Liana Foxvog at liana[at]ilrf.org.

Staff

Elena Arengo, Senior Corporate Accountability Analyst

Elena Arengo joined ILRF in April 2017 as Senior Corporate Accountability Analyst. Previously, she was Chief Technical Advisor for the ILO/IFC’s Better Work program in Nicaragua, where she established and coordinated a national program to monitor and improve conditions in the apparel export manufacturing industry in close coordination with national trade unions, employers, government and multinational brands. She also worked as consultant for the Better Work program in Bangladesh. Before that, she worked at Social Accountability International for ten years, first as Worker Training Program Coordinator, developing and implementing capacity-building programs for union workers in nine countries, in coordination with the International Textile Garment and Leather Workers Federation, and later as Latin America Program Director, on programs on CSR and labor rights, in partnerships with trade unions, brands, employers, governments and NGOs throughout the region. Elena has also worked with MADRE, an international women’s human rights organizations on programs for women’s economic development and human rights.  

Liana Foxvog, Director of Campaigns

Liana Foxvog is ILRF's Director of Campaigns. In 2004, Liana joined SweatFree Communities as National Organizer, and has coordinated ILRF's campaigns in the apparel industry since the merger with ILRF in 2010. By leading workshops and coordinating a variety of conferences, she has played a critical role in helping launch new grassroots campaigns to promote transparency and respect for workers' rights in apparel supply chains. She has been interviewed extensively on ILRF's work advocating for workplace safety and corporate accountability in the Bangladesh garment industry by national and international media outlets. Previously, Liana worked for the American Friends Service Committee, educating and mobilizing youth to take action against corporate globalization and for fairness in trade agreements. She has also served as a Spanish interpreter for immigrant rights and social justice organizations and coordinated interpretation teams for numerous events. Liana holds a Union Leadership and Administration Master's Degree in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts, where she teaches the Labor and the Global Economy course. 

Judy Gearhart, Executive Director

Judy Gearhart is the Executive Director of ILRF since March 2011.  Judy is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School for International and Public Affairs, teaching the course Human Rights and Development Policy since 2002.  Previously, Judy coordinated legal research and training programs for workers and trade unions at Social Accountability International, led field research and evaluations for UNICEF and the ILO’s International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor in Honduras, and worked for women’s rights and democratization with NGOs in Mexico.  She has published on women’s rights, children’s rights and labor relations. Judy holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

Roger Ghatt, Director of Finance and Administration

Roger Ghatt is an operations and financial management professional with almost 20 years of experience working with non-profit and corporate clients. More recently, Roger has over a decade of experience supporting the activism of organizations engaged in social justice reform. Roger joined ILRF in March 2019 and he is excited to use his deep knowledge of financial management procedures and controls combined with his administrative skills to empower everyone at the organization to achieve their goals. Roger is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in Business Administration with a focus on finance.

Kevin Lin, China Program Officer

Kevin Lin is ILRF’s China Program Officer. His main responsibilities consist of working with university law schools and civil society organizations in China to provide legal consultation and representation, and improve the legal environment for rural migrant workers. Prior to joining ILRF, Kevin has conducted academic research on China’s civil society and the labor movement with extensive in-country fieldwork experience. His research has been published in academic journals and edited volumes. In addition, Kevin has engaged in writing for a variety of online media outlets about Chinese workers and trade unions. He is interested in building international solidarity between workers in different countries.

Kimberly Rogovin, Senior Seafood Campaign Coordinator 

Kimberly Rogovin is contracted as the Senior Seafood Campaign Coordinator at ILRF since January 2019, leading the organization's program to advance workers’ rights in the global seafood industry, with a focus on Thailand. Kimberly has a decade of experience working on labor rights, migration and human trafficking issues in Asia, having managed programs at the ILO in Myanmar on internal labor trafficking, at the Karen Human Rights Group on human rights violations affecting people in Southeastern Myanmar, and at the Issara Institute, where she led research, worker voice and technology initiatives to support Myanmar, Cambodian and Lao migrant workers in Thailand. Kimberly served as an advisor for the ILO Guidelines Concerning the Measurement of Forced Labour released in 2018. She holds a Master of Arts in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University in New York.

Gabriela Rosazza, Campaigns Associate

Gabriela Rosazza coordinates the U.S. Labor Education in the Americas Project (USLEAP) – ILRF’s program focused on trade union rights in Latin America. Gabby joined the team after graduating from Saint Joseph's University in 2016, where she studied International Relations and Latin American Studies. As a student, she played a key role in engaging the student body in activism, participating in and coordinating immersions to the School of  The Americas protest, El Paso, Texas, the Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Cuba. Her work at ILRF is influenced by her background as a daughter of immigrants and dedication to crossborder solidarity with workers in the Americas.

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Board of Directors

President: Ashwini Sukthankar, UNITE HERE!
Vice President: Lance Compa, Cornell University
Secretary: Carol Rosenblatt, Coalition of Labor Union Women
Treasurer: Katherine Isaac, Consultant
  • Kim Bobo, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
  • John Cavanagh, Institute for Policy Studies
  • Eric Dirnbach, LiUNA
  • Cam Duncan, Northern New Mexico Central Labor Council
  • Joseph Eldridge, WOLA
  • Cathy Feingold, AFL-CIO
  • Sarita Gupta, Jobs with Justice
  • Mark Harrison, United Methodist General Board of Church and Society
  • Owen Herrnstadt, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
  • Lorretta Johnson, American Federation of Teachers
  • Yvette Pena-O’Sullivan, LiUNA
  • Robert J.S. Ross, Clark University
  • Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
  • Daniel Smith, ILRF General Counsel, Amalgamated Transit Union
  • Christopher Townsend, Amalgamated Transit Union

Join Our Team

ILRF currently has three job openings: 
Communications Coordinator
Administrative Assistant
Legal and Policy Director
 

Communications Coordinator

The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that advocates for dignity and justice for workers in the global economy. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains; we advance policies and laws that protect workers; and we strengthen workers’ ability to advocate for their rights. More information about ILRF is available at www.LaborRights.org.

The Communications Coordinator will work across the organization to develop ILRF’s organization-wide communications strategy and to strengthen ILRF’s campaigns, policy advocacy, and alliances. The Communications Coordinator will carry out public campaign advocacy for workers’ rights, particularly as it relates to labor rights in globally-traded supply chains, such as agricultural commodities, apparel, and the seafood industry. Responsibilities include communications strategy development, coalition building and networking, responding to urgent action requests, supporting ILRF’s communications needs, and fundraising. This job is an excellent opportunity to grow your understanding of global supply chain campaigns, trade policy, and international labor rights advocacy.

Responsibilities

Writing, Website, and Social Media:

  • Develop and manage a communications strategy for increasing ILRF’s campaign impact, implementing improvements to ILRF’s website, publications, visuals, and dissemination plans.
  • Write and edit content for ILRF’s website, blog, and social media accounts and coordinate media outreach and public events designed to increase advocacy around ILRF publications and report releases.
  • Draft advocacy and outreach materials, letters, press releases, op-eds, action alerts, social media packets, and other communications for several program areas.
  • Update ILRF’s website, monitor news coverage and analytics, and maintain a consistent social media presence to support multiple ILRF campaigns, as well as actions from allies and coalition partners.

Campaigning, Policy Advocacy, and Alliances:

  • Participate in campaign strategizing and development, research, and actions planning for several program areas.
  • Outreach to allied organizations to cultivate support for ILRF’s campaigns and policy work.
  • Outreach and travel, in the United States and abroad, to represent ILRF publicly at speaking events, conferences, webinars, coalition meetings, actions, and in the media.

Fundraising and Strategy Development:

  • Evaluate and monitor effectiveness of campaign strategies and integrate findings into future activities.
  • Support the organization’s fundraising activities, advising on, drafting, and editing appeal letters and grant applications and reports.
  • Manage organization-wide e-blast calendar for both fundraising and campaign purposes and assist in management and maintenance of ILRF’s CRM system and website.

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent writer and editor
  • Passionate advocate for workers’ rights
  • Strong analytic capacity and understanding of global human rights and corporate accountability
  • Experienced fact checker
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Tech-savvy and proficient with Microsoft Suite
  • Skilled in creating campaign graphics and using Adobe InDesign for publications layout
  • A strong understanding of media messaging and framing
  • Experience in using social media to engage an online audience
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple work streams
  • Self-motivated with ability to well independently in a fast-paced, informal working environment and also to coordinate work in teams

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a journalist covering labor issues or social movements
  • Experience as a trainer, workshop leader, or public speaker
  • Experience organizing demonstrations, creative actions, and educational events
  • Familiarity with running content management systems and editing websites

Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt, Bargaining Unit.  Supervisor: Executive Director 

Compensation: $58,000 - $70,000, with 100% employer-paid health insurance.
 
Location: Washington, D.C.
 

To apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, two writing samples (one report/essay/article and one campaign-related piece of writing such as an action alert, e-blast, or press release), and one image/infographic that you have created to employment [at] ilrf.org with subject-line “Communications Coordinator”. Applications will be reviewed starting August 26.   

ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities.  


Administrative Assistant

The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that advocates for dignity and justice for workers in the global economy. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains, advance policies and laws that protect workers, and strengthen workers’ ability to advocate for their rights. More information about ILRF is available at www.LaborRights.org.

The Administrative Assistant will report to the Director of Finance and Administration, and play an integral role in the organization’s operations and fundraising, working closely with other staff to strengthen ILRF’s engagement with supporters and activists. Responsibilities include coordinating logistics and fundraising for ILRF’s annual gala, database administration and maintenance, cultivating individual donor relationships, supporting the Executive Director with scheduling and engagement with board members, and other finance and administrative duties. This job is an excellent entrée into understanding nonprofit management and an overall perspective on ILRF’s full range of labor rights advocacy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Finance and Administration:

  • Perform general office duties: organize and maintain files in SharePoint, order supplies, reserve conference rooms, welcome visitors, coordinate in-house meeting refreshments
  • Process and distribute incoming/outgoing mail to staff and suite partners
  • Scan, time-stamp, and code all invoices and deposits; upload to accounting portal, log donations into ILRF’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database (NeonCRM)
  • Assist with monthly financial close by uploading check deposit batches and monthly credit card reconciliations
  • Maintain vendor contact list
  • Troubleshoot and resolve operational and IT problems, including working with vendors directly
  • Answer calls that come to ILRF’s main phone line, and reply to messages sent to ILRF’s main email address

Donor Outreach and Event Planning:

  • Manage donations, donor information, donor acknowledgements and funder data in ILRF’s CRM database by entering new contacts and donations in a timely manner, and keeping the database up-to-date and accurate
  • Process checks and make weekly deposits to ILRF bank account
  • Support donor outreach, including tracking solicitations, organizing and conducting solicitation calls and producing donor acknowledgements
  • Work with ILRF’s event planner, board members, host committee members, and Executive Director to plan and solicit sponsorships for ILRF’s annual fundraising gala, the Labor Rights Defenders Awards
  • Work with campaign staff and E.D. to support ILRF’s annual report and end-of-year donation appeals

Executive and Board of Directors Support:

  • Carry out a wide variety of administrative tasks for the Executive Director, including managing an extremely active calendar of appointments, arranging meeting agendas, and note-taking during meetings
  • Coordinate semi-annual meetings of ILRF's Board of Directors, including logistics, liaising with Board members, taking minutes, follow-up, and communications needs, including the coordination of calls and agendas for board sub-committees

Required Qualifications

  • Two to five years of experience in nonprofit administration, membership, event planning, and/or fundraising
  • Excellent fundraising and campaign-style writing, fast and accurate copyediting skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple work streams
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and prioritize tasks
  • Ability to represent ILRF professionally at meetings and coordinate effectively with other ILRF staff and allies
  • Tech-savvy and proficient with Microsoft Suite and database management
  • Enthusiasm for ILRF's labor rights and corporate accountability mission
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with CRM systems, particularly NeonCRM
  • Graphic design experience and familiarity with Adobe InDesign
  • Proficiency with Drupal

Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt, Bargaining Unit.  Supervisor: Director of Finance and Administration

Compensation: $42,000 - $50,000, with 100% employer-paid health insurance.
 
Location:    Washington, D.C.
 

To apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, and writing sample to employment [at] ilrf.org. This position is open until filled. Position posted July 22, 2019.

ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities. 


Legal and Policy Director

The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that promotes dignity and justice for workers in the global economy. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains and advance policies and laws that protect workers, in close collaboration with grassroots worker organizations around the world. More information about ILRF is available at www.LaborRights.org.

The Legal and Policy Director will conceptualize, guide, and execute ILRF’s legal and policy advocacy across programs. A successful candidate will have broad experience working independently and within coalitions to advance workers’ rights in corporate supply chains, trade policy, and government procurement. Deep knowledge of US policy-making processes and actors, intricate familiarity with trade and labor policy mechanisms, and experience leveraging those mechanisms to advance workers’ rights is a must. The position requires excellence in articulating clear and coherent advocacy positions on complex policy issues related to social justice and workers’ rights in presentations, meetings, and in writing and in coordinating staff project teams and coalition building.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, guide, and carry out ILRF’s legal and policy advocacy strategies across the organization and provide policy advocacy leadership in various coalition-based advocacy campaigns
  • Utilize existing complaint mechanisms (GSP, OECD, FTAs, etc.) in support of ILRF’s strategic campaigns, writing and filing complaints and preparing testimony as needed
  • Maintain and strengthen ILRF’s leadership and innovation in testing and improving trade and development policy advocacy mechanisms
  • Write and publish ILRF policy and issue briefs on selected topics, including transparency laws (due diligence), arbitration mechanisms, and the Tariff Act
  • Represent ILRF in select DC-based policy roundtables (e.g. ICAR, OECD NCP advisory group, and others)    
  • Advise ILRF staff on legal issues and advocacy strategies and review a variety of written materials before publication
  • Raise funds to sustain current programs and develop new projects and write grant proposals and reports in a timely manner

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and legal research skills
  • Ability to conceptualize, manage, and raise funds for policy advocacy programs
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyze and utilize various policy levers to advance workers’ rights
  • Ability to coordinate and build team strategies with ILRF staff, allies, and partners
  • Ability to train and supervise staff
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Diplomatic acumen and excellent judgment in managing and building relations among policy-makers and other key actors
  • Experience working with U.S. policy makers, trade unions, and/or human rights advocacy organizations
  • Strong understanding and experience advocating for trade policy to advance labor rights globally and/or corporate accountability policies
  • Knowledge of legal and policy issues pertaining to forced labor in international labor standards and corporate policies
  • Law degree or equivalent experience in legal and policy analysis
  • Enthusiasm for travel domestically and internationally to represent ILRF publicly and to build ILRF’s networks and alliances

Employment status: Full-time, exempt, management. Supervisor: Executive Director.

Compensation: $78,000 - $90,000, with 100% employer-paid health insurance.

Location:    Washington, D.C.

To apply:    Send cover letter, resume, a legal/policy writing sample, and a copy of a persuasive article/op-ed for a lay audience to employment [at] ilrf.org. The position is open until filled.

ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities.


Internships

We welcome inquiries for summer 2020 positions from students receiving other funding or credit from their universities or through Fulbright or similar programs. For fall 2019 - spring 2019, we also have openings for students who receive federal work-study funding. Internship positions are customized based on interns' interests and experience. These are some of the skills that we seek in interns:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Corporate research
  • Legal research
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Graphic design
  • Web design
  • Publications layout
  • Video production and editing
  • Data entry
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional phone demeanor
  • Native-level fluency and professional-level writing skills in Bangla, Khmai, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, or Uzbek.

To apply, please email internships [at] ilrf.org (subject: enter%20position%20title%20here%20%2B%20first%20name%2C%20last%20name) with:

  • A letter indicating why you are interested in interning at ILRF and your areas of interest and skills, how many hours per week you are available and for which start date and end date, whether you have a funded stipend or are eligible for college credit, and whether you are located in Washington, DC or in a different city
  • Your resume / CV
  • A copy of any of the following that you have produced, as relevant to your inquiry: research paper, published article, campaign-related writing, graphic design sample, or video
  • If you are indicating language fluency in your application, then please include a writing sample in that language in addition to your English writing sample

ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities.