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

Charon Medina
Construction Worker

Eva DeLuna Castro
Center for Public Policy Priorities

Gerardo Tovar
Air-Conditioning repair technician

José Cabada

Laura Olvera
Food Service Industry

Maria Huerta

Mario Ontiveros
Independent Contractor

Myrna Mendez

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 HR & Operations

Ana Gonzalez, Director of Better Builder and Policy

Chance McKee, Director of Development

Stephanie Gharakhanian, Special Counsel

Candelario Vasquez, Health and Safety Organizer

Estefania Ponce-Dominguez, Austin Legal Manager/Organizer

Faith Donovan, Operations Manager

Hannah Alexander, Austin Staff Attorney

Jessica Wolff, Deputy Director of Better Builder and Policy

Jose Ruiz, Worksite Monitor

Karen Escobedo, Workplace Justice Organizer

Mayra Huerta, Austin Campaign Manager

Miriam Dorantes, Development and Volunteer Coordinator

Susan Zakaib, Grants Manager


Amelia Casas, Policy Coordinator

Bricia Garcia, Dallas Campaign Manager

Cheli Cruz, Workplace Justice Organizer

Christopher Enriquez, Digital Strategist

Cristal Benitez-Lopez, Dallas Legal Manager/ Organizer

Maria “DJ” Garza, Dallas Campaign Organizer

Sean Goldhammer, Interim Director of Employment and Legal Services


Arnaldo “Chele” Iglesias, Houston Campaign Manager

Ma. Camila Trujillo, Campaign Organizer

Jonathan Zapeta, Census Organizer

Laura Perez-Boston, Organizing Director

Nick Wertsch, Staff Attorney & Policy Coordinator

Workers Defense Project’s physical offices in Dallas, Houston, and Austin will remain closed until further notice. Our services and operations continue while our staff is working remotely. Austin: (512) 289-7634 Dallas: (469) 657-3928 Houston: (832) 998-0564Recursos / Resources