The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is constituted of representatives of public members and labor rights experts. 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

Greg Asay is Deputy Director for the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement. Among other responsibilities, Mr. Asay is the primary liaison with San Francisco’s Office of Contract Administration and Sweatfree Procurement Advisory Group, working together to implement San Francisco’s Sweatfree Contracting Ordinance.

Tim Dombeck is Business Process Specialist in the Financial Services office of the City of Austin, Texas.

Stacey Foreman, Vice President, is the Sustainable Procurement Coordinator for the City of Portland, Oregon. She has been incorporating environmentally preferable products and services into public contracts for over a decade. Ms. Foreman is active in a variety of regional and national efforts to build sustainable procurement resources, and sits on advisory committees for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and the Responsible Purchasing Network. She is a LEED AP O+M and holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management and Policy.

Brian Pittelli, Treasurer, is a buyer with the City of Madison. He deals with all aspects of public procurement, and specifically deals with the uniform rental and purchasing programs for the City of Madison. 

Labor rights experts

Liana Foxvog is the Director of Organizing and Communications at the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF). In 2004, she joined SweatFree Communities as National Organizer, and has coordinated ILRF's campaigns for transparency and workers' rights in the apparel industry since the merger with ILRF in 2010. Ms. Foxvog has been interviewed extensively on ILRF's work advocating for workplace safety and corporate accountability in the Bangladesh garment industry by national and international media outlets. Previously, she worked for the American Friends Service Committee, educating youth about trade justice. She holds a Union Leadership and Administration Master's Degree in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts, where she has taught courses on Labor and the Global Economy.

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.  

Robert J.S. Ross, President, 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.”  

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.