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

Diana E. Alonzo Watkins, Senior Development Officer

Diana E. Alonzo Watkins joined ILRF in April 2015.  She is a cause-driven fundraising professional with more than 10 years of non-profit experience in a variety of direct service and policy organizations with a focus on working with marginalized populations.  Prior to joining ILRF, Diana worked as a Grants Manager for CentroNía, a nationally recognized organization serving low-income children and families of color in Washington, DC. She graduated from American University with a Masters in U.S. Foreign Policy and bachelor’s degrees in Government & Politics and Spanish Language, with a concentration in Translation from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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.  

Kirill Boychenko, Cotton Campaign Coordinator

Kirill Boychenko is the Coordinator of the Cotton Campaign, a global coalition of labor, human rights, investor and business organizations coalesced to end forced labor of children and adults in the Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan cotton sectors. ILRF is a leading member of the Cotton Campaign. Kirill completed his PhD studies with Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia and is an expert and a scholar with over 10 years of experience as a practitioner in the field of human trafficking prevention. In addition to his counter-trafficking work, he directed anti-corruption and compliance programs in Russia for the Council of Europe and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. Earlier, Kirill worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for five years. In his capacity as the IOM Moscow Counter-Trafficking Focal Point, Kirill developed and implemented multi-million dollar international projects and various educational programs and provided training to Russian police officers, judges, prosecutors and attorneys. Kirill was a Fulbright Humphrey law fellow in 2011-2012 and a Fellow with the Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights Policy in the fall of 2012. During his fellowship years, he worked with Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and collaborated closely with the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Center.

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 a 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.

Eric Gottwald, Deputy Director

Eric Gottwald is the Deputy Director of ILRF and is responsible for coordinating programs to end labor abuses in high-risk sectors (including palm oil, seafood, and cotton), as well as leading efforts to utilize and strengthen accountability mechanisms to promote labor rights in the global economy.  Since coming to ILRF, he has published on forced labor and child labor in Indonesia’s palm oil industry, forced labor in Vietnam’s drug detention centers, abusive short-term contracts in Peru’s apparel and agro-export sectors, and a range of policy issues related to trade, corporate accountability, and labor rights.  He is a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Board of the U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the Workers’ Rights Advisory Committee of Fairtrade International.

Prior to joining ILRF, Eric worked on a rule of law project for the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center in Lima, Peru.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2005 and his work has appeared in the American University International Law Review.  During law school, Eric worked as a fellow for the International Labor Organization's Multinational Enterprises Programme.  He is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

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.

Sarah Newell, Campaigns Associate

Sarah Newell joined the team in July 2016 as a Campaigns Associate. Her primary focus is on campaigns around gender-based workplace violence and corporate accountability in the garment industry. She also supports a number of campaigns with communications and media efforts. She previously worked as an organizer with the American Association of University Professors, where she fought alongside faculty on issues in higher education. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where she was a member of United Students Against Sweatshops.

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 is a recent graduate of Saint Joseph's University where she majored in International Relations with minors in Latin American Studies and Faith-Justice Studies. During her time at Saint Joe's, she was a participant and leader of various student immersions to Ft. Benning, Georgia, El Paso, Texas, Dominican Republic & Haiti, Guatemala, and Cuba. Gabby studied abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and was involved with campaigning to source Alta Gracia apparel at the campus bookstore. Her work at ILRF is influenced by her background as a first-generation American and dedication to continued solidarity with workers in Latin America.

Andy Shen, Senior Legal & Policy Analyst

Andy Shen is ILRF’s Senior Legal & Policy Analyst. He was previously the Legal Adviser and Program Manager of the Roosevelt Institute’s Future of Work Initiative and a legal and research consultant to the ILO’s GMS and ASEAN TRIANGLE projects. During his three years in Asia, Andy worked on transitional justice in Cambodia, combating labor trafficking in Southeast and East Asia, and protecting Southeast Asian migrant workers from exploitation. His work has been published by the ILO and publicized by BBC-Asia and he has presented at ILO convenings in Indonesia and Vietnam.

Andy holds a B.A. in Political Science, with a concentration in International Relations, from UCLA, and a J.D., with a specialization in Public International Law, from Santa Clara University School of Law. He is admitted to the New York Bar and is a member of the National Lawyers Guild’s International Labor Justice Working Group.

Charlotte Tate, Campaigns Associate

Charlotte coordinates the Seafood Working Group and provides support to the Cotton Campaign. Before joining ILRF in August 2018, she worked in Thailand with Issara Institute, a migrant workers’ rights focused organization, as the Partnerships and Communications Officer. While there, she had the opportunity to engage Burmese and Cambodian migrant worker populations, Thai business owners, and global brands in the fight for higher labor standards. In addition to her role in ILRF's campaigns team, Charlotte is completing her MA at American University’s School of International Service, obtaining her degree in Ethics, Peace and Human Rights. Charlotte received her BA in international studies from Miami University.

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Board of Directors

President: Yvette Herrera, Communications Workers of America
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
  • Joe 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
  • Ashwini Sukthankar, UNITE HERE!
  • Christopher Townsend, Amalgamated Transit Union

Join Our Team

Job Opening: Director of Finance & Administration 

The Director of Finance and Administration will be a strategic thought-partner and report to the executive director (ED). The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager and will lead and develop an internal team to support the following areas: finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources, administration, and IT.

The Director of Finance and Administration will play a critical role as a member of the management team in strategic decision making and operations as ILRF continues to enhance its programming and build capacity internally and externally. This is a tremendous opportunity for a finance and operations leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact labor rights organization.

Responsibilities

Financial Management

  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner: clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments; and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting.
  • Supervise senior development officer and operations and finance assistant:  coordinate staff work logging and tracking donations, grant management, and related financial reporting.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process: liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors; assess and implement any changes necessary.
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the ED: administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  • Implement a robust contracts management and financial management and reporting system: ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements.
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices, continually improving the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual and its implementation.
  • Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the executive director and the board of directors.

Human Resources, Technology and Administration

  • Further develop ILRF’s human resources and administration, enhancing professional development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training, and recruiting.
  • Ensure that recruiting processes are consistent and streamlined.
  • Establish and manage a comprehensive training program to educate employees regarding staff tools, policies, and procedures.
  • Work closely and transparently with all external partners including third-party vendors and consultants.
  • Oversee administrative functions as well as facilities to ensure efficient and consistent operations as the organization scales up.
  • Coordinate management input and engagement with staff union as it corresponds to human resources management.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a BA, ideally with an MBA/CPA or related degree
  • At least seven to 10 years of overall professional experience; ideally six-plus years of broad financial and operations management experience
  • Experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area, and has preferably overseen a human resources function previously
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to – and to effectively collaborate with -- programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds
  • A track record in grants management
  • Technologically savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software
  • Commitment to training programs that maximize individual and organizational goals across the organization, including best practices in human resources activities
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision-making
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • A multitasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of ILRF

Location: Washington, D.C.

Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt, Management Unit

Compensation:  Starting salary range for this position is between $80,000 and $90,000.  ILRF has a generous benefits package. 

To apply: E-mail cover letter and resume to employment [at] ilrf.org.  This position is open until filled, but preference will be given to applications received by October 2, 2018.


Job Opening: Executive Assistant 

The Executive Assistant will report to the Executive Director and play an integral role in the organization’s communications, administration, and fundraising, working closely with both development and campaigns staff to strengthen ILRF’s engagement with supporters and activists.  Responsibilities include coordinating logistics and fundraising for annual gala, database administration and maintenance, cultivating individual donor and activist networks, supporting E.D. engagement with board members, intern program coordination, and other executive support activities.  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

Executive 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
  • Communicate directly, on behalf of the Executive Director, with board members, donors, and external parties
  • Assist with communications and planning with ILRF’s Board of Directors, coordinating meeting preparation and logistics and liaising with Board members on various planning, follow-up, and communications needs, including the coordination of calls and agendas for board sub-committees

Donor and Activist Outreach:

  • Manage funder data and ILRF’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database by entering new contacts and donations, ensuring timely data entry, processing regular clean-up
  • Open, copy, time-stamp and log all donations; prepare and make deposits; and send copies to ILRF bookkeeper
  • Ensure all donations, donor information and thank you replies are tracked and logged accurately in the CRM database
  • Support donor outreach, including organizing and conducting solicitation calls and producing donor acknowledgements
  • Assist with fundraising communications by supporting e-blast set-up

Operations/Office Support:

  • Perform general office duties: order supplies, reserve conference rooms, welcome visitors, order/coordinate in-house meeting refreshments
  • Process and distribute incoming/outgoing mail to staff and contractors
  • Copy and time-stamp all invoices and donations; send to bookkeeper; and maintain well-organized files of what is sent
  • Assist in maintenance and troubleshooting of ILRF’s CRM system and ILRF website
  • Assist with layout/design for ILRF publications using Adobe InDesign  

Required Qualifications

  • One to two years of experience in nonprofit administration, membership, event planning, and/or fundraising
  • Excellent writing, proofing, and fast and accurate copyediting skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple work streams
  • Excellent ability at problem solving and trouble shooting.
  • 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 proficiency with Microsoft Suite and database management
  • Enthusiasm for ILRF's labor rights and corporate accountability mission
  • Bachelor’s degree

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with CRM systems (e.g. Salesforce, Blackbaud, GetActive, ActionNetwork, NeonCRM or Salsa)
  • Graphic design skills and familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficiency with Drupal

Location: Washington, D.C.

Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt, Bargaining Unit

Compensation:  The starting salary for this position is between $38,000 and $45,000. ILRF has a generous benefits package.

To apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, and writing sample to employment [at] ilrf.org.  This position is open until filled, but preference will be given to applications received by October 2, 2018.

Internships

For spring 2019, we have openings for students who receive federal work-study funding. We also welcome inquiries for summer 2019 positions from students receiving other funding or credit from their universities or through Fulbright or similar programs. 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.