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Board & Staff

The Food Chain Workers Alliance Board of Directors is composed of our member organizations, which designate an individual to represent them on the board.  The current Board of Directors is:

Joann Lo is the Executive Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance.  She graduated from Yale University with a degree in Environmental Biology and has organized with both unions and a worker center. In 2000 Joann was one of two staff who started the Garment Worker Center, and she organized with garment workers in Los Angeles who led a successful campaign against retailer Forever 21, memorialized in the Emmy-winning documentary “Made in L.A.” In 2005 Joann joined Enlace, an alliance of worker centers and unions and a year later became Co-Director. Joann is the Vice Chair of the Leadership Board of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Domestic Fair Trade Association, the City of Los Angeles’ Sweatfree Advisory Committee and the Enlace Institute Advisory Board.

Diana Robinson is the Campaign and Education Coordinator of the Alliance. Diana comes to us from Alliance member United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, which represents over 23,000 grocery store workers in New York.  She was Local 1500’s representative on the Alliance board and a member of our Education & Communications committee as well as our Policy & Standards committee.  At Local 1500, Diana played dual roles as a worker organizer and the Food Policy Coordinator of the Building Blocks Project for Good Food, Good Jobs, and Good Health. She was a leader of the union’s 2011 campaign to organize Target workers in Long Island.  Diana graduated from Queens College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Diana is a member of the Brooklyn Food Coalition governing board.

Jose Oliva has been the Associate Director of the Alliance since August 2013. He is from Xelaju, Guatemala. Jose founded the Chicago Interfaith Workers’ Center in 2001 and then became the Coordinator of Interfaith Worker Justice’s National Workers’ Centers Network. In 2008 he went on to run the Center for Community Change’s worker justice program.  From 2009-2014, Jose held a number of leadership roles at Alliance member Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, the national organization of restaurant workers. He also served as Board Chair of the FCWA Board of Directors from 2010-2012.

Former Staff:

Debby Cho was the Education Program Associate through Public Allies‘ Americorps ally program Sept 2012-July 2013. This program prepares young adults for leadership through paid full-time nonprofit apprenticeships and rigorous leadership training. Debby is a 2012 graduate of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She was a leader on campus with the Cornell Students Against Sweatshops and the Cornell Organization for Labor Action.Debby worked as a research assistant for Dr. Kate Bronfrenner and interned with two SEIU locals. She also volunteered with the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition and the Immigrant Farmworker Initiative in Ithaca, New York.