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Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of National COSH since 2016, has been a leader and strategist in the occupational safety and health and economic justice movements for over twenty-five years.  Ms. Goldstein-Gelb also serves on the faculty of the Harvard Trade Union Program at Harvard University Law School.  Her work has been devoted to engaging and impacting workers most impacted by dangerous working conditions – lower wage, workers of color, immigrants, women and youth.   

Ms. Goldstein-Gelb has co-authored numerous groundbreaking studies highlighting the intersection of occupational health and safety with other urgent public health epidemics, - including sexual harassment, immigration and obesity.  Prior to her work at National COSH, as executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), she developed and founded Teens Lead @ Work, a youth-led initiative devoted to ending child labor abuses, and the Immigrant Worker Center, which engages immigrants as leaders in advocating for safe, just working conditions and protective policies. By building the leadership of youth and immigrants in solidarity with union and community activists, MassCOSH has been able to win workplace campaigns and pass groundbreaking laws such as new Massachusetts Child Labor Law reforms, temporary worker protections and the state’s first safety protections for public employees.

A frequent speaker at conferences and events, Ms. Goldstein-Gelb has written columns for the Progressive and has been widely quoted in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and many other mainstream and ethnic media outlets.  She holds a Masters degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University, with a special focus on program development and community-based education.

Jessica E. Martinez serves as co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health National (COSH).  A nationally-recognized movement leader, Ms. Martinez has been spearheading organizing, public policy and education initiatives at National COSH for nine years.  Under Ms. Martinez’s direction, National COSH has built ground-breaking coalitions that engage workers as leaders to win critical improvements in workplaces and communities, with a particular focus on immigrants, people of color, women and youth.

A well-respected strategist in economic, racial justice and occupational safety and health movements, Ms. Martinez has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show, CNN en Español, and National Public Radio, has been widely quoted in mainstream and Latino newspapers and is a much-sought after speaker for conferences, panels and events.

In 2014, Ms. Martinez was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, representing safety professionals. She has been awarded the Peace and Social Justice Award by the Southern California Institute for Popular Education (IDEPSCA), the Lorin Kerr Activist Award by the OHS Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the New Labor Honoree Award.

Prior to her work at National COSH, Ms. Martinez served as Program Coordinator for the UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) Program and the Southern California Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (SoCalCOSH), advocating for safety and health within the labor movement. Ms. Martinez also has worked as a labor organizer for dynamic organizing campaigns in California and Illinois, coordinated human rights and public health projects internationally, and has a research background in investigating effective outreach, prevention, and intervention methods for improving lifestyle quality correlated to public health for underserved populations.

She holds a B.A. in International Development Studies from UCLA and a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois, Chicago School of Public Health.

Marianela Acuña Arreaza serves as the Southern Region Coordinator at National COSH. Marianela is a Venezuelan immigrant who had dedicated herself to social change in Houston for over a decade and recently moved to Atlanta.   With a strong background as a community educator, organizer, and social researcher, Marianela has always involved facilitating participatory decision-making, designing and implementing educational curriculum, and moving networks and groups into action.

While studying sociology and arts in college, she organized student/worker solidarity groups at the University of Houston and volunteered with Fe y Justicia Worker Center, which she later served as executive director. Marianela has built her experience through participatory advocacy research projects with Data Center, Food Chain Worker Alliance, and the National Domestic Worker Alliance national survey. She also has led civic engagement and voter protection campaigns with organizations such as Mi Familia Vota, Common Cause, and VoteRiders. Her work as Organizing Director at Young Invincibles taught her much about the role of advocacy and workforce development.

She has co-founded grassroots projects, such as Casa Blue, a social justice school; Antena Houston, a collective of interpreters and translators supporting local movements; and Freedom Bound, for young Houstonians to learn about the Black Freedom Movement.

Marianela is the recipient of the Houston Peace and Justice Center 2014 Peacemaker Award, the Highlander Center's 2015 Greensboro Justice Fellowship, the NCOSH 2017 Activist of the Year Award, and the OHS Section Lorin Kerr Award in 2019.

Peter Dooley

Peter Dooley (MS, CIH, CSP) is the Safety and Health Senior Project Coordinator for National COSH and President of LaborSafe. He worked for the UAW International Union coordinating educational programs for more than 20 years. Previously, he worked for Michigan State University in Labor Education. His work specializes in worker education, with an emphasis in participative adult education and innovative programs to educate and motivate workers about improving health and safety in their workplaces. Mr. Dooley has or is currently providing educational services to OSHA, NIOSH, The United Steelworkers Union, National COSH Network and many other organizations and institutions. Mr. Dooley consulted in the meatpacking industry while consulting with UFCW International Union where worker trainings and workplace assessments where performed. Peter currently serves as a member of the NACOSH advisory board to federal OSHA as well as holding positions in USMWF [United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities] and APHA [American Public Health Association].

 

Roger Kerson is the Communications Consultant for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. A veteran labor communicator, he has coordinated media efforts for organizing, bargaining and legislative campaigns for the United Auto Workers, the United Mine Workers, the Metropolitan Council of Newspaper Unions, the American Postal Workers Union, the Transport Workers Union and others. Working with the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental organizations, he has helped communicate the jobs-creating potential of advanced vehicle manufacturing, producing online videos which have drawn thousands of hits on YouTube. His essays, articles and reviews have appeared in the Chicago Reader, the Columbia Journalism Review, Eclectablog.com, In These Times, the Washington Monthly and other publications.

 

Susi Nord has worked for National COSH since 2016 as the Conference Administrator for COSHCON16. She has since added other administrative duties including  communications, social media and fundraising support. Susi's background is in administration and marketing, focusing on non-profit administration for the past 15 years. She cares deeply for social and economic justice having applied her administrative talents to organizations working for gun violence prevention, peace and disarmament, labor, and workplace health and safety. She even served 2 terms in the NH House of Representatives earning her the title of 'honorable'.

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