The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of ex-officio representatives of public members and individuals with significant labor rights expertise.  The public members can be any state, city, county, local government agency, public school district, or federal government agency in the United States that procures apparel or other relevant products or services, pays the annual dues, and supports the mission and purpose of the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium.  Ex-officio representatives of public members constitute as closely as possible two-thirds of the Board, while labor rights experts constitute as closely as possible one-third of the Board. 

Ex-officio representatives of public members

Ellen Love is Senior Administrative Analyst, Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, City and County of San Francisco. Term expires 2016.

Christine Moody is the Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Portland, Oregon, and has over 17 years of government purchasing and contracting experience.  In her current position, Ms. Moody is responsible for managing, directing and integrating procurement and contractor development programs at the City.  She also represents the City in a variety of multi-jurisdictional forums, outreach functions and professional groups and organizations.  Ms. Moody has her CPPB and CPPO Certification and sits on various national committees related to public contracting. Term expires 2017

Michele M. Reale, President, is an Associate Attorney at the New York State Office of General Services (“OGS”) where she is responsible for providing support to the Bureau of Real Property Management & Development and the Procurement Services Group.  Ms. Reale also works on a number of special projects and provides assistance to the Advisory Council on Procurement Lobbying and the Sweatfree Purchasing Workgroup.  Before joining OGS, Ms. Reale was a Senior Attorney at the New York State Insurance Department.  She earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Boston University Public Interest Law Journal; and a dual B.A. in English and Political Science from Canisius College. Term expires 2016.

Kathryn Schwenn is the Purchasing Supervisor for the City of Madison, Wisconsin. Term expires 2017.

Steven Stenton is the Financial Manager of the Purchasing Department for the City of Austin, Texas.  Previously he served as Financial Manager for the City’s Emergency Medical Services department, including management of the department’s purchasing and supply functions.   Mr. Stenton received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University. Term expires 2017.

Darlow "Lee" Tuneberg, Treasurer, is Administrative Services and Finance Director, City Of Ashland, Oregon. Mr. Tuneberg has been the Finance Director for Ashland for 10 years and has worked for other municipal governments in Oregon for the prior 21 years.  He also performs duties in purchasing, budgeting and risk management.  He is a Bachelor of Arts graduate of Portland State University in Oregon and a member of the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada. Term expires 2016.

Farshid Yazdi is a Management Analyst with the Supplier and Customer Relations Section of the City of Los Angeles, California. Mr. Yazdi works closely with the City’s commodity procurement staff and interacts daily with a variety of City of Los Angeles vendors and local advocacy groups. He has served in this capacity since early 2008 with a main focus on monitoring and enforcement of the City’s Sweat-Free Purchasing Ordinance throughout its global supply chain. Mr. Yazdi holds two Masters degrees in Industrial Management and Communications/Journalism. Term expires 2016.

Labor rights experts

Eric Dirnbach, Vice President, is the Research Director for the Green Jobs campaign at the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA).  Mr. Dirnbach has worked in the labor movement for over 10 years and has experience doing company and industry research in support of worker organizing and collective bargaining campaigns.  He has also been a labor rights and anti-sweatshop activist, working on local and international campaigns, and contributing research and commentary on global sweatshop labor practices.  He has served as the president of his graduate student instructor local union at the University of Michigan, as a board member of the Citizens Trade Campaign, and as a member of the advisory committee of the Worker Rights Consortium. Term expires 2016.

Judy Gearhart  is the Executive Director of the International Labor Rights Forum.  Ms. Gearhart is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School for International and Public Affairs, teaching the course Human Rights and Development Policy since 2002.  Previously, Ms. Gearhart served as the Program Director at Social Accountability International (SAI) where she led research on voluntary labor standards and coordinated training programs for workers and trade unions on how to use codes conduct to claim their rights at work.   Prior to SAI, she worked on democratization, women’s rights and labor rights programs for Mexican NGOs, UNICEF-Honduras and the ILO’s International Program to Eradicate Child Labor (IPEC).  Ms. Gearhart holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. Term expires 2016.

Ian Robinson, Secretary, Ph.D., is a Lecturer and Research Scientist in the Department of Sociology and the Residential College of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  Mr. Robinson's research includes work on ethical consumer demand for sweatshop-free apparel  and the impacts of neoliberal economic restructuring on labor unions and the rights, wages and conditions of workers.  Term expires 2017.

Robert J.S. Ross is Professor, and former Chair, of Sociology, and Director of the International Studies Stream at Clark University, where he was also the elected Faculty Chair of the University 2000-2006. He is an Adjunct professor of Community Development and Planning. In 2005-2006, he was Chair of the American Sociological Association Section on the Political Economy of the World System. He has taught at Clark since 1972 and held visiting appointments at MIT, Michigan and Harvard Universities and Wheaton College. His BA is from the University of Michigan, and MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. Dr. Ross’ major work has been on the globalization of capital and labor. In 1990, he co-authored (SUNY Press) Global Capitalism: the New Leviathan. Slaves to Fashion: poverty and abuse in the new sweatshops was released in October 2004 (University of Michigan Press). His 1983 article on sweatshops in New York was one of the very first scholarly articles to identify the resurgence of labor exploitation and abuse in the American apparel industry. In April 2012, Ross organized, hosted and presided at the 36th Annual Political Economy of the World-System conference themed  “Labor, Democracy and Global Capitalism.”  Term expires 2016.

Stephen Wishart is the Central American Director for the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, AFL-CIO (Solidarity Center). Previously, Mr. Wishart was a Strategic Affairs Coordinator for the Manufacturing, Distribution & Retail Division at the union UNITE HERE, where he directed the union’s Military Uniform Manufacturing and Federal Procurement Program, assisting in numerous organizing, anti-sweatshop, and labor rights campaigns. He also previously served as a Strategic Campaigner for the United Steelworkers of America, where he helped develop and instruct a contract and pattern bargaining campaign course to prepare union members for upcoming contract negotiations. Term expires 2017.