Steering Committee

National Retail Justice Alliance Steering Committee

Bill Fletcher, Jr., is the chair of the National Retail Justice Alliance.  He is a labor, racial justice and international activist and author, and currently serves as the director of field service and education at the American Federation of Government Employees.


Elena Herrada is a member of the Detroit Public Schools Board of Education.  She is also a founding member of Centro Obrero de Detroit and the Frederick Douglass Academy.

Cindy Domingo is a Filipino-American community activist in the Seattle area.  She is the former national chair of the Committee for Justice for Domingo and Viernes.

Dr. Steven Pitts is a labor policy specialist at the Center for Labor Research and Education, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, at the University of California-Berkeley.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux is an economist, author and social and political commentator. She is the former president of Bennett College.

Lawrence Mishel is a nationally-recognized economist and president of the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive think-tank that seeks to advance the interests of American workers.

Patricia Ford is the founder and principal of DeElla & Associates, a political strategy and labor relations consulting firm.  She also serves on the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute.

Dr. Iva Carruthers is general secretary of Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, which represents a cross section of progressive African American faith leaders and their congregations in the United States.

Heather C. McGhee is director of the Demos Washington office, a research and policy think-tank.  She is also a writer, speaker and media commentator on issues of democracy reform, economic opportunity, racial equity and financial regulation.

Sarita Gupta is executive director of Jobs with Justice National Office, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that collaborates with community, student and faith organizations to build a vital labor movement for economic and social justice.

Danny Glover is an actor, film director and activist.  He is an active supporter of various humanitarian and political causes.

The Reverend Dr. Earl Trent is a teacher and activist and currently serves as the senior pastor of the Florida Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

Anas “Andy” Shallal is an Iraqi-American activist and owner of the Busboys and Poets restaurant chain in the Washington, D.C. area.

Lola Smallwood Cuevas is the project director at the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, which is part of UCLA’s Center for Labor Research and Education.

Elaine Bernard is executive director of the Trade Union Program at Harvard University, which prepares union activists to meet the challenge of dynamic leadership within their unions and society.

Kim Bobo is executive director of the Interfaith Worker Justice.  She has been widely quoted in newspapers and broadcast media as an expert on worker justice issues.

Rashad Robinson serves as Executive Director of Color of Change, having joined the organization in May 2011. For well over a decade, Robinson has helped to mobilize communities across the country to create more inclusive cultural and political institutions.