Who We Are


Organizing and building a movement of grassroots leaders isn’t easy, but the most effective way to make lasting change is by ensuring those that are directly impacted by inequality are at the forefront of the movement.

Achieving this requires real commitment and drive. WDP has defied the odds and achieved real gains for workers in a hostile climate because the membership is the heart of WDP.

Board of Directors

Parisa Fatehi-Weeks, President
Google Fiber

Claudia Golinelli, Vice President

Isaac Faz, Secretary
Dallas County Community College

Adrian Rizo, Treasurer
Charles Schwab

Eva DeLuna Castro
Center for Public Policy Priorities

Gerardo Tovar
Air-Conditioning repair technician

Laura Olvera
Food Service Industry

Mario Ontiveros
Independent Contractor

Phillip Schmandt

Rebecca Webber

Leadership Council

Anna Fink
First Vice President for Philanthropy; Amalgamated Bank

Carol Barger

Christine Owens
Executive Director; NELP

David Rolf
President; Service Employees International Union 775

Erica Smiley
Organizing Director; Jobs with Justice

Henry Allen
Executive Director; Retired; Discount Foundation

Kirk Adams
Service Employees International Union

Leonard Aguilar
Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer; Texas Building Trades

Marybeth Maxwell
Consultant, Movement Building 

Neidi Dominguez
National Strategic Campaign Coordinator and Assistant to the General President; IUPAT

Rick Levy
President; Texas AFL-CIO

Tefere Gebre
Executive Vice President; AFL-CIO

Tory Gavito
Executive Director; Texas Future Project



Emily Timm, Co-Executive Director

Jose Garza, Co-Executive Director

Amparo Herrera Hughes, Director of Operations

Ana Gonzalez, Director of Better Builder and Policy

Chance McKee, Director of Development

Stephanie Gharakhanian, Special Counsel

Juliet Barbara, Communications Director

Candelario Vasquez, Health and Safety Organizer

Chad Gray, Research Coordinator

Estefania Ponce-Dominguez, Austin Legal Manager/Organizer

Faith Donovan, Operations Manager

Jessica Wolff, Deputy Director of Better Builder and Policy

Jose Ruiz, Worksite Monitor

Karen Escobedo, Workplace Justice Organizer

Mayra Huerta, Interim Organizing Director

Miriam Dorantes, Member Education Manager

Susan Zakaib, Grant Manager


Amelia Casas, Policy Coordinator

Arlene Rodriguez, Membership and Education Coordinator

Cheli Cruz, Workplace Justice Organizer

Christopher Enriquez, Digital Strategist

Cristal Benitez-Lopez, Dallas Legal Manager/ Organizer

Maria “DJ” Garza, Dallas Campaign Organizer

Sean Goldhammer, Dallas Staff Attorney


Arnaldo “Chele” Iglesias, Campaign Organizer

Ma. Camila Trujillo, Census Organizer

Laura Perez-Boston, Houston Campaign Manager

Nick Wertsch, Staff Attorney & Policy Coordinator