Executive Director, Khmer Girls in Action
Lian is the Executive Director of Khmer Girls in Action. She was born in Cambodia, and lived in the Thai refugee camp with her family for 3 years before resettling in the Bay Area. Lian has spent over 15 years working in low-income communities of color. She started out as a youth organizer on the Kids First! Campaign (Oakland, CA) and has since worked for funding for youth programs, fought for educational and health justice, volunteered and trained for numerous electoral efforts, and most recently fought for migrants’ rights regionally & internationally. Lian was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in April 2014.
Director of Strategic Affairs, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, UFCW
Louis became involved in the labor movement as a rank-and-file member of the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), in New Haven, CT. Louis has worked as an organizer and researcher with several local, national, and international SEIU and Change to Win affiliates. He has also worked on numerous organizing, advocacy, and political campaigns to advance social and economic justice. Louis studied labor, political science, public administration and policy at the City College Center for Worker Education and the Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education of the City University of New York. He recently served as Deputy Director of Warehouse Workers United, a project of Change to Win, organizing he first wave of strikes against Walmart contracted distribution centers and the first Black Friday strikes of Our Walmart retail workers. He currently serves as Director of Strategic Affairs for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, UFCW and works with the union’s innovative campaigns and partnerships.
National Field Director, Property Services Division, Service Employees International Union, SEIU
During his first few years with the union, John worked in his home state of Georgia building the union of public employees in the face of extreme political opposition. Since then has worked with SEIU on various campaigns and initiatives including developing a model for integrating student and youth affiliates directly into labor organizing. Most recently he has been working as the National Field Director for the Property Services Division of SEIU. His work focuses on staff development, but he also works internally with SEIU on their Organizational Equity Initiatives. Under the mentorship of Rev. James Orange and Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, John has also served as a co-chairperson of the Martin Luther King Jr. March Committee since 2001. In that capacity he was responsible for developing and implementing national voter registration and GOTV initiatives. In 2002, John led a delegation of environmental activists to Johannesburg, South Africa for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Since that first delegation, John has been a standing member of the African-African American Renaissance Delegation led by Rev. James Orange. After his passing, John has continued to serve as part of the delegation and as a committee co-chairperson. Over the last 12 years the delegation has worked to develop collaborative initiatives between universities in the U.S. and the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa.
*Board members are self-selecting and are elected for renewable two-year terms.