Board and Staff

Ben Field
Executive Officer
Ben@southbaylabor.org

Ben Field was elected to the post of Executive Officer of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council in December 2012. The SBLC represents 94 local unions, which constitute most of the Labor Movement in Silicon Valley. Before his election as Executive Officer, Ben served as Chief of Staff for the Labor Council from 2009-2012. Prior to joining the Labor Council, Ben served as a Deputy District Attorney in Santa Clara County for 15 years, where he prosecuted a variety of cases including murders, sexual assaults, gang offenses, and white collar crimes. He is also an adjunct professor at San Jose State University, where he has taught courses on the U.S. presidency, constitutional law, judicial politics, law and society, and political history.
Ben currently serves on a number of Boards, including Team San Jose, a partnership of the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotels, the arts and labor, the Nova Workforce Investment Board, and the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority’s Advisory Committee. Previously he has served as the co-chair of the Friends of PACT, a faith-based group that supports community organizing and social justice activities, the Chair of the Cardozo Society, and as a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council. He has volunteered as a Habitat for Humanity Team Leader, traveling a number of times to Latin America, and he is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum. After graduating with a degree in Political Science from Columbia University in 1986, Ben worked as a legislative aide to Congressman Don Edwards and later on the United States Senate Banking Committee, Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Development. He earned a law degree and a PhD in American History from the University of California at Berkeley and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1988-1998. He has authored several articles and a book on history and the law. Ben is an avid runner, having competed in several 100 mile races, and he plays the harmonica in a garage band known as “The Retribution Blues Band.”

David Urhausen
Political Director
David@southbaylabor.org

As Political Director, David’s responsibilities include helping to formulate campaign strategy, overseeing field campaigns, and representing the labor movement in various political arenas. Prior to joining Labor Council in January 2015, David served as the Campaign Manager for Measure E in Milpitas, a labor council endorsed project, where he ran the day to day and field operations for a large and sophisticated ballot measure campaign.  Additionally, he has served as a Campaign Finance Specialist, providing political campaign compliance and reporting services to a number of organizations, including labor unions and candidates. David got his start in politics at the California Democratic Party where he was the assistant to the Finance Director. His talent was quickly recognized and before long he served as support staff for all departments of the State Party and managed the internship program. David, who earned a B.A. in Economics and Minors in Communications and Statistics from the University of California at Davis.

Dianna Zamora-Marroquin
Communications Director
Dianna@southbaylabor.org

Dianna Zamora-Marroquin is responsible for promoting the Labor Council’s public image and interests and is the Labor Council’s primary news media contact. Dianna has enjoyed a successful career, holding a number of positions ranging from a Consultant for the Select Committee on California-Latin American Affairs for a State Assembly Member to the Communications Liaison for a State Senator. She has also excelled in strategic messaging creation and market research, working for a renowned research firm in San Diego. Prior to joining the SBLC, her career took her to Washington, D.C. where she served as the Communications Director for two California Congressmen. Dianna, who is fluent in Spanish, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations with a minor in Italian from the University of Southern California and Master’s Degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego.

Carmelita Gutierrez
Administrative Assistant
Lita@southbaylabor.org

Carmelita Gutierrez joined South Bay Labor Council in the summer of 1997. She is charged with administrative and other office management responsibilities. As a student at San Jose State University, Carmelita was an active organizer with MEChA, a Chicano/Latino student organization. As a member of MEChA she helped organize for educational rights on campus and worked with a coalition of other high school and college Chicano/Latino student organizations across California. Her experience allowed her to serve as a liaison from MECha to the African-Black Student Alliance and to the Asian, Pacific Islander Student Union in organizing educational rights issues statewide. “Lita” graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Social Science.

Tania Haque
Accountant/ Human Resources

Executive Board

Sal  Ventura
President
IBEW Local 332

Gemma Abels
1ST Vice President
AFT Local 2022

Denise Solis
2ND Vice President
SEIU-USWW

Jason Hall
Recording Secretary
CWA Local 9423

Mark Van Den Heuvel
Sergeant-at-Arms
Sheet Metal Workers Local 104

Enrique Fernandez
Treasurer
UNITE HERE Local 19

Enrique Arguello
Member
Laborers Local 270

Robert Baldini
Member
Carpenters Local 405

David Bini
Member
Building and Construction Trades Council

Doug Bloch
Member
Teamsters Local 350

Sheillena Brunston
Member
ATU Local 265

Jean Cohen
Member
UA Local 393

Paul Fong
Member
AFT Local 6157

Charlie Hernandez
Member
Ironworkers Local 377

Troy Jones
Member
UFCW Local 5

Sean Kaldor
Member
IAFF Local 230

Machelle Kessinger
Member
CSEA Ch. 281

Malinda Markowitz
Member
CNA/NNOC

Riko Mendez
Member
SEIU Local 521

Jocelyn Merz
Member
AREA

Mark Murray
Member
AFSCME Local 1587

Robyn Zamora
Member
AFSCME Local 101

Tony Alexander
Ex-Officio Member, APRI