Board of Directors

The Working America Education Fund Board of Directors

Rodell Mollineau
is a political and public affairs strategist with more than 15 years of experience developing national message campaigns, managing crises and leading high-level communications operations. A veteran of Capitol Hill, state government and electoral politics, he has provided strategic guidance to numerous elected officials, political candidates and organizations.

Frances Schreiberg is Of Counsel to Kazan McClain Satterley & Greenwood. After practicing as a criminal defense attorney, teaching juvenile law, and supervising a criminal law clinic, Frances switched her emphasis to defending workers’ rights. At the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, she trained administrative law judges, attorneys and investigators; and she managed the criminal Bureau of Investigations at Cal/OSHA. She has served on numerous state and local OSHA committees. She was counsel to the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California before joining Kazan law firm where, among other things, she provides pro bono support to workers and unions seeking assistance with occupational safety and health legislative, regulatory and policy matters.

Jane Fonda, actor and activist, became a champion of workers’ issues in 1980 when she produced and starred in the movie, 9to5. In addition to her remarkable acting career, which spans more than  five decades and includes two Academy Awards, she has consistently lent her voice and her influence to advance justice and human dignity.

Glenn Harris is the President of Race Forward and publisher of Colorlines. Prior to the new Race Forward and Center for Social Inclusion, he worked as the Manager of the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), whose mission is to end institutionalized racism in City government and promote multiculturalism and full participation by all residents. Glenn came to city government after serving five years as Development Director at Western States Center, an intermediary that provides technical assistance, training, research, and policy analysis in an eight-state region to grassroots organizations working to achieve social change.

Shari Lawson was a Partner at the Primacy Consulting Group, Inc., where she engaged in campaign consulting for political candidates and imitative committees. Later she went on to be a Deputy District Attorney for the Office of the District Attorney in the county of San Diego. Shari’s career also includes her experience as the Deputy Director of Southwest Boarder Regional Commission, where she coordinated the first bi-national US-Mexico Border Governor’s Conference.

David Medina is Co-founder and COO of Results for America, where he develops recommendations and bipartisan support for investing public funds in evidence-based solutions that can be taken to large scale. Among  his long list of accomplishments, David previously served in the Obama Administration as First Lady Michelle Obama's deputy chief of staff and as the Peace Corps' public engagement director.

Karen Nussbaum is the founding director of Working America and the Working America Education Fund. She has been fighting for the rights of working people for more than four decades. She was a founder and director of 9to5, the National Association of Working Women and president of District 925, SEIU. Karen served as the director of the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau during the first Clinton Administration, the highest seat in the federal government devoted to women’s issues. Prior to taking on the leadership of Working America, Karen served as a special assistant to AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. She is the author, with Sweeney, of the book Solutions for the New Workforce, and with Ellen Cassedy, of the book 9to5. She lives in Takoma, DC.

Sonia Ramirez is the newly appointed Wage and Hour Administrator at the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) for the State of Oregon. She was most recently the national director of government affairs for North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU). NABTU is the umbrella organization providing coordination and support to the work of the fourteen affiliated national and international unions of the national building trades. Sonia is a veteran Capitol Hill staffer, working in the U.S. House of Representatives as legislative staff for over six years. She is an alumnus of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) graduate fellowship program, and was awarded a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship in public policy.

Edward M. Smith was elevated to Chief Executive Officer of Ullico Inc. after serving as its President since May of 2008. Before joining Ullico, Smith had a long and distinguished career at the Laborers' International Union of North America.