Passionate progressive public sector labor professional with strong leadership and relationship-building skills who is a tireless advocate for the rank-and-file and lives and breathes worksite organizing. Proven ability in training, directing and leading organizers. Excellent strategist and tactician with accomplishments in supervising teams of dedicated union organizers. Creative in mobilizing volunteers, and expert at running campaigns.
Leading efforts in the California Democratic Party to improve our communities and the Democratic Party for Environmental Balance, a Green Economy and Social Justice. Instrumental in communicating between grass roots activists and elected officials on environmental and climate issues. Authored resolution on improving the CA Delta Peripheral Tunnel proposals.
Board President, Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS), a 501(c)3 nonprofit public benefit organization. Oversaw leadership of six committees: Conservation and Habitat; Land-Use; Transportation, Air Quality & Climate Change; Organizational Development; Solid Waste and Food & Environmental Justice. Face and presenter to city council, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, and state agencies.
- Instrumental in joining together Sierra Club and the Environmental Council of Sacramento to fundrainst and file a lawsuit against Sacramento County supervisors' approved Cordova Hills Project: a 2,700 acre project with 8,000 homes and 1.3 million square feet of shopping, placing it outside the footprint of existing development, demonstrating its unwillingness to give up the disastrous growth paradigm that has helped fuel traffic congestion, air pollution and the loss of habitat and farmland. In addition, Sacramento County showed disdain for the Sustainable Communities Strategy, a compact approach to growth developed by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments to help reduce the region's greenhouse gas emissions.
- Implemented Sierra Club Sacramento Groups first electronic newsletter.
Member Leader SEIU Local 1000
President District Labor Council 793 June 2011 to Present
oInspirationally leads, mobilizes and represents over 2,000 diverse demographic group of rank and file members ; Conscientiously coordinates, identifies and develops over 12 worksite leaders and stewards;
Member Political Organizer (MPO) State-Wide Coordinator April 2014 to Present
Chair, SEIU Local 1000 Environmental Committee, February 2013 to Present
Member Leader Development Program (MLDP) Fellow, September 2013 to April 2014
Co-Chair, Sacramento City Strong Mayor Initiative Town Hall Event, April 2014 to Present
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Determined claimant eligibility for Unemployment Insurance benefits, conducted fact-finding phone calls, responded to inquiries, and performed claim processing activities in accordance with laws, regulations, policies and precedent decisions; provided prompt, accurate and courteous customer service; conducted training and assisted as a mentor. Successes include:
- Independently review, investigate, and determine claimant eligibility for Unemployment Insurance benefits, in accordance with laws, regulations, policies and precedent decisions. Issue written notification to the claimant when applicable. Authorize and issued Unemployment Insurance benefit payments to eligible claimants.
- Conduct Unemployment Insurance fact findings with employers, claimants, and other contacts; documenting all facts, findings, actions and decisions; forward documentation for special handling and claim action as appropriate.
- Respond to employer, claimant, and third party inquiries through written electronic or telephonic methods; informed claimants and employers of their rights and responsibilities under the Unemployment Insurance Program.
- Participate & led meetings, work groups, special projects as needed.
Directed technology / communication activities for 700-member organization. Organization needed to improve technology / communication capabilities to meet marked membership increase and expand community services.
- Developed technology / communication strategic plan that met administrative, financial, and operational functional requirements of organization. Worked with Chief Financial Officer to develop process to create annual budgets that insured enterprise solutions. Prepared annual budgets for technology / communications.
- Saved organization $12,000 annually by implementing online verses published newsletters and successfully marketing cost saving initiatives to members.
Elected district level delegate to represent California to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, September 2012. The Democratic National Committee promotes the election of party candidates with technical and financial support. The DNC works with national, state, and local party organizations, including elected officials, candidates, constituencies, and grassroots volunteers across the country.
Led the non-profit organization in its advocacy of Green issues and candidates at local, state and national levels through a variety of mechanisms: campaign consulting and training; community education and action; grassroots organizing; lobbying; and fundraising. Responsible for growing the organization and building relationships with government, business, and community organizations.
As Community Organizer for the Environmental Defense Fund in Richmond, CA, I worked with diverse people, communities, and organizations on common goals that included working to end Eco-Apartheid and improving our climate and waters for all, particularly in blighted communities
Successfully directed the daily operations of staff and $4.7 million in property, cash assets, and securities.
- Surveyed and performed root cause & cost analysis with organization leaders, regional partners, and suppliers to determine contract needs to develop and implement an Oracle-based customer management and accounting system which is now saving $14,000 annually through automation and system consolidations.
- Demonstrated superb project management skills in managing an $80,000 facility renovation project that was completed under budget.
- Possessed public relations and communication skills to manage working relationships with the city and community organizations.
Principal of K-12 school in one of Contra Costa County's worst economic and violent areas, serving a diverse group of 125+ students, their families, and seventeen (17) staff members. Came onboard at time when school had $300,000 budgetary deficit, enrollment on decline, morale low, student truancy and violence up, and facility crowded and aged.
- Provided hands-on leadership in assisting students and staff to accomplish their goals while empowering them to be accountable for their work. Initiated before and after school tutoring and before school breakfast programs. Additional duties of eight-grade teacher and school's Spanish teacher. Initiated foreign language program for middle school students - first time in school's history. Focus on academic and character excellence resulted in 82% of graduates from inner-city families attending college. In one year, dropout rate decreased from 15% to 2%.
- Used leadership, communication skills, and administrative tools to manage staff, equipment, materials, and funds successfully. Prepared two annual budgets; created workload measurements for budget requests.
- Reduced budget deficit by 50% in one year by auditing / reducing operating expenses and renegotiating contracts.
- Empowered parents to participate daily in child's education through volunteering and monitoring homework. Evaluated with Board to curriculum requirements to increase acceptance of graduates into colleges and trade schools. Used Microsoft Project and Excel to develop strategic plan to grow enrollment by one third. Completed budget analysis to implement school's relocation to larger more modern facility.
- Provided clear transparent communication to parents through monthly parent - teacher meetings. Wrote new 50 page school procedures and policy manual. Public spokesperson to community using fluency in Spanish.
Led cross-functional teams in providing academic information services to students, faculty, staff, administration, and third parties. Challenges: (1) existing academic information services provided through disparate legacy applications and stove-piped data causing non-sharing of data and associated organizational inefficiencies; (2) desire to expand student population by reaching out to working adults, and (3) academic information services staff had reputation of not being customer focused.
- Reviewed, analyzed, monitored and created department budget. Promoted to supervise evaluation of seminary's program area requirements and operations for class organization, furnishings, equipment, and facility use.
- Led ERP solution to create integrated customer management decision support system accessing standardized enterprise data that compiled, analyzed, and reported, with optimal plans, on academic data and provided web based services to students, faculty, and staff. Provided ERP techniques and methodologies training to administration and staff. Solution saving $20,000 annually.
- Used Microsoft Project to develop market-based class scheduling to meet demands of working adults. This scheduling increased student population of working adults 15% within two years.
- Initiated technical and communication training to turn staff into technical competent customer-focused team.
- Quarterly briefed Board, monthly briefed President, weekly briefed Dean of Academics. Public speaker to local and national groups, championing seminary's mission. Networked with other organizations to develop best-of-market processes, procedures.
Directed business analysis, applying technology, change management, financial management, budget development, and achieving project funds.
- Used Microsoft Project to provide business and requirements analysis, development, design, and implementation to migrate ten offices around the world into single Microsoft Windows client-server Operating System. Project saved client $450,000 up-front and projected to save $120,000 annually.
- Led thirteen (13) developers to successful create product for startup with vision of providing an On-Line Human Resource Management System. Worked closely with client and service partners to ensure successful, launch of beta site. Used Rapid Application Development (RAD) Software development model to provide prototype within two weeks. Prototype resulted in start-up acquiring $11M in Venture Capital.
- Led team of fifteen (15) embedded and MS Windows C++ developers to deliver successfully next generation of digital voice control switches for Air Traffic Controllers. Enforced structured software development process to meet project's technical, budget, and schedule requirements. Initiated rapid design technique that provided prototype to customer within three months.
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