Elise is an actor, singer, playwright, director, and labor educator. Elise served on the Board of Labor Heritage Foundation for 16 years. She resigned from the Board to act as Interim Executive Director in 2013 and accepted the permanent position in 2014.
Elise launched her labor arts career in 1982 as the Artistic Director of the University of Michigan’s labor theatre project, "Workers’ Lives/Workers’ Stories." She joined the National Writers Union and began her screenwriting career with a script for the documentary, "Porgy and Bess: an American Voice." She directed the labor jazz opera, "Forgotten," by Steve Jones and directed the debut of his latest labor jazz opera, "Love Songs from the Liberation Wars."
Elise is a lifetime member of the Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World), a member of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 1000 as well as Communications Workers of America (CWA)/Newspaper Guild Local 32035. In 2017, she became President of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) and a month later was elected Vice-President of CWA/TNG Local 32031.
Peter Jones is the Office Administrator for the Labor Heritage Foundation. He has been a boycott organizer with the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), a collective member of the Bethesda Food Co-op, the Caretaker for the Sycamore Island Club, the Executive Director of the Labor Heritage Foundation, and the Office Administrator for Maryland Citizens Against State Executions. A member of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) 161-710, he is also a singer-songwriter who performs labor and social justice music with his brother Steve and with the DC Labor Chorus.
Paulette Saunders lives a life rooted in fairness and equality. From sharing her childhood coins with neighborhood friends to working in education for more than forty years, this New Jersey native persistently wonders if people have what they need. Paulette moved to the Washington metro area in 1978 to direct Barbara Chambers Children’s Center in D.C. She was also a teacher who took inspiration from her students by infusing her lessons with the impromptu stories and songs she created from their ideas. Once retired in 2011, Paulette became a Parent Educator to young, Black single mothers and joined the Labor Heritage Foundation team in 2017. She is grateful to deepen her commitment to fairness and equality in this new way. When she is not singing for social justice with the DC Labor Chorus or to the moms in her parenting class, you can find Paulette honing her collage and watercolor skills in local art classes.
Roland Gutierrez, originally from Corpus Christi, TX, is the newest addition to the LHF family. Roland served in the Navy for 12 years and then worked for a major DOD contractor for 13+ years while living in Chesapeake, VA. During those combined 25+ years working for the big military-industrial complex, Roland became aware of how much waste, fraud and abuse was going on, while millions of innocent lives were being lost in other countries due to senseless wars, and in our own country, far too many were living at or below the federal poverty level. He vowed to no longer be a part of it and to try to do whatever possible to try to shift the balance, so he left that part of his life behind and relocated to Washington DC. Once in the area, Roland went right to work in the human services arena, where he was able to assist the immigrant population, homeless youth and veterans attain a somewhat better quality of life. Roland loves the Arts, and in recent years, has really come to appreciate the Labor Arts movement. He sings bass with the DC Labor Chorus, through which he does much of his activism. He’s Buddhist and an out and happily partnered member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Saul is the founder of the Inventory of American Labor Landmarks, a project of the Labor Heritage Foundation. From 1982 to 1988 Saul edited Talkin’ Union, a magazine of music, lore and history. In 2000 he led the efforts to place a historical marker at the site of Mother Jones’ death in Adelphi, Maryland. From 1998 to 2018 Saul served as former president of the Library of Congress Professional Guild, AFSCME Local 2910. He currently edits Friday's Labor Folklore, an on-line newsletter.
Kimmon V. Williams grew up in northern Virginia in a family where black history is living history. It's never been a question to fight for equity while being unapologetically herself. The last few years she has been using her voice to amplify those in the labor movement, LGBTQ+ spaces, immigrants, womxn, and all those who society would like to silence.
Ashley is a communications specialist with over a decade of experience in the trade union labor movement. Ashley specializes in digital communications, and is currently employed by the American Postal Workers Union. She is a proud member of the Baltimore-Washington News Guild-CWA Local 32035. Ashley is the daughter of an Appalachian Veteran for Peace postal worker and Filipino immigrant. Ashley was born and raised in rural Ohio, in a community stifled by shifting economic inequality. She is a strong believer in the power of working-class solidarity and cultural resilience empowered through music and art. Ashley enjoys singing with the DC Labor Chorus, music and art festivals, team sports and her dog, Penny.
Carlos leads special projects for the AFL-CIO. In that role, he helps build and guide coalitions through strategies and campaigns that address the complex issues and systems challenging working families around the country.He was previously the Executive Director for the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, where he also served as a member of the AFL-CIO State and Central Labor Body Advisory Committee, and a Vice-President for the MD/DC AFL-CIO. Jimenez came to the AFL-CIO after more than a decade of union, political, community, and student organizing including as regional field organizer at Jobs with Justice, where he had the privilege of supporting local leaders and organizations as they built long term relationships and coalitions committed to building powerful organizations and movements for social and economic justice.
Michael is a program officer with the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO in Washington DC. He is a labor educator and the former coordinator of Wayne State University’s Labor School. He is a trainer with experience in providing mobilization and organizing training, while teaching undergraduates at Wayne State. As a program officer, Michael has assisted in the planning and implementation of programs funded by USAID, NED, and DRL grants. He has served as interim Country Program Director (CPD) in Abuja, Nigeria where he assisted West African trade unions in strengthening the capacity of unions while supporting Africa unions in the development of anti-gender based programs. At UAW Local 735, located in Canton, Michigan, Michael served two terms as local vice president, serving members at GM PowerTrain, Willow Run. He is a member of OPEIU Local 2. Michael is also a freelance photographer.
(1918-2006), closely associated with labor unions and often referred to as the “labor’s troubadour,” was a US-American folk musician who recorded more than thirty albums over the course of his career. Born in New York City, Joe was a graduate of Brooklyn College. He eventually moved to Akron, Ohio where he performed for the United Rubber Workers throughout his career, a union for which he served as education director from 1950 to 1962. He was also a member of the Textile Workers Union of America, an adviser to the United States Information Agency, 1961 joined the Foreign Service staff of the U.S. Information Agency, then headed by Edward R. Murrow, and was sent to Mexico as labor information officer. He also worked for the US State Department in Washington as a labor adviser in 1965.
was the Director of the AFL-CIO’s Center for Strategic Campaigns and spent over 40 years doing organizing, bargaining, and strategic campaign work in the labor movement, while also living his life at the confluence of art and activism, and deeply immersed in the environmental movement and especially the climate change movement. Joe’s band, The U-Liners, performs in a roots-rock style and their repertoire includes many songs of labor, freedom, human rights and environmental movements.
Saul Schniderman is the Chair of the Labor Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. He is the founder of the Inventory of American Labor Landmarks, a project of the Foundation. From 1982 to 1988 Saul edited Talkin’ Union, a magazine of music, lore and history. In 2000 he led the efforts to place a historical marker at the site of Mother Jones’ death in Adelphi, Maryland. From 1998 to 2018 Saul served as former president of the Library of Congress Professional Guild, AFSCME Local 2910. He currently edits Friday's Labor Folklore, an on-line newsletter.
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