Lives of Leaders

Leaders all answered the same list of fourteen questions in a format similar to the famous Proust Questionnaire. Click on each one to see how they answered questions like “What is the best advice you ever got?” and “What was your earliest memory of injustice?”

Unstoppable, joyous, exhausted

Unstoppable, joyous, exhausted

May 24, 2017 · by Allison Porter · Leave a Comment

Bob Lawson  b. 1944 in Midland, Texas In 1966, Bob went to Chicago to work with JOIN (originally an SDS community organizing project building a multi-racial movement of the poor) and organized a group called Uptown Goodfellows and later they started an organization in Chicago called Rising ... read more


Remembering Treston

Remembering Treston

January 6, 2016 · by Joe Alvarez · 2 Comments

As we celebrate the New Year, I want to also be sure to celebrate the life of Treston Davis-Faulkner. Treston was the National Field Director of Jobs With Justice who passed away in October. His entire, too-short life serves as a ... read more


Open, collaborative, curious

Open, collaborative, curious

July 17, 2015 · by Alvarez Porter Group · Leave a Comment

Elizabeth Bunn   In her current role as Organizing  Director of the AFL-CIO, through two terms as Secretary-Treasurer of the UAW and throughout her career, Elizabeth Bunn has been blazing a trail for women leaders and women's rights in the labor movement.  Organizing non-traditional workers into unions and fighting ... read more


Passionate, loving, open

Passionate, loving, open

January 8, 2014 · by Alvarez Porter Group · 1 Comment

Sofia Campos b. 1989, Peru Heading up the “United we Dream” network of youth-led immigrant organizations is a very personal act of love for this organizer, teacher, student, writer, and dancer who looks in every way to lead by example.  1. What three ... read more


Passion, commitment, courage

Passion, commitment, courage

November 25, 2013 · by Allison Porter · Leave a Comment

Ka Hsaw Wa b 1970,  Rangoon, Burma As Executive Director of Earthrights International, Ka Hsaw Wa works for environmental and human rights by combining international legal action, grass roots training and advocacy campaigns.   1.    What are three words that best describe your ... read more


Interdependent, Values-driven, Grounded

Interdependent, Values-driven, Grounded

October 14, 2013 · by Michele Berry · Leave a Comment

Austin Thompson b. 1986 Dayton, Ohio The first Millennial Coordinator at SEIU International is a positive force who who leads with both humor and hope based on deep roots and regular reflection.  1.     What three words describe your leadership style?  Interdependent, Values-driven, Grounded 2.     What are you best ... read more


Collaborative, honest, with an openness to learning

Collaborative, honest, with an openness to learning

February 14, 2013 · by Alvarez Porter Group · Leave a Comment

Valarie Long b. 1962 in Lorain, Ohio The Executive Vice President of the 2-million member union SEIU sees collaboration as the most important route to a better life for her granddaughter and all future generations.    1. What three words describe your leadership style? Collaborative, ... read more


Assertive, open, decisive

Assertive, open, decisive

February 14, 2013 · by Alvarez Porter Group · Leave a Comment

Steve Fantauzzo b. 1955 Detroit, Michigan  Assistant to the national President of AFSCME doesn't let his dislike of false accusations or false pretenses get in the way of doing what has to be done for the members.   1. What three words describe your ... read more


Empathic, open, driven

Empathic, open, driven

February 13, 2013 · by Alvarez Porter Group · Leave a Comment

Helene O'Brien b. 1963, New York, NY. She's been organizing for justice since her first rebellion in kindergarten, but the President of the Louisiana local of SEIU makes time to dance and read to her son.   1. What three words describe your leadership ... read more


Honest, inspirational, compassionate

Honest, inspirational, compassionate

February 12, 2013 · by Alvarez Porter Group · Leave a Comment

April Verrett b. 1974 Chicago, Illinois The Executive Vice President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana is carrying on the family tradition of a long line of strong willed women from the Southside of Chicago by saying the things that need to ... read more