Board and Staff

Jean Cohen
Executive Officer
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Born and raised in downtown San Jose, Jean Cohen's professional career includes decades working for local government, the labor movement, and the nonprofit sector to build social and economic justice through public policy and organizing. Jean worked for many years on housing, land use, and transportation policy for State Senator Jim Beall and San Jose City Councilman Raul Peralez. She served on staff at Sacred Heart Community Service as the Director of Development and Communications, developing tools for economic self-sufficiency for the working poor and homeless of Santa Clara County.

During her tenure at SEIU-UHW, NUHW and as the Political Director of the Alameda Labor Council, Jean directed the organizing and legislative programs for over 120 affiliated labor unions in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties, engaging over 100,000 unionists through multiple election cycles. With a focus on affiliate and member mobilization, she has organized successful electoral field programs and contract campaigns utilizing direct action, strategic coalition building, and investments in leadership and policy development. 

Cohen has been the Political and Communications Director for UA Local Union 393 since 2016. Jean is currently the Vice Chair of the Santa Clara County Democratic Party. She is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow and a graduate of Saint Mary’s College with an M.A. in 21st Century Leadership. The proud daughter of a union teacher and union musician, Jean is committed to building power for working people.


Carmelita (Lita) Gutierrez

Administrative Assistant
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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
Accounting Manager
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(408) 606-2063

Executive Board

Sal  Ventura
President
IBEW Local 332

Riko Mendez
1ST Vice President
SEIU Local 521

Jason Hall

2ND Vice President
CWA Local 9423

Paul Fong
Recording Secretary
AFT Local 6157

Dolors Morales
Sergeant-at-Arms
CEMA

Enrique Fernandez
Treasurer
UNITE HERE Local 19

Enrique Arguello
Member
Laborers Local 270

Sergio Arrañaga
Member
Teamsters Local 350

David Bini
Member
Building and Construction Trades Council

Sheillena Brunston
Member
ATU Local 265

Steve Flores
Member
UA Local 393

Charlie Hernandez

Member
Ironworkers Local 377

Troy Jones
Member
UFCW Local 5

Malinda Markowitz
Member
CNA/NNOC

Jocelyn Merz
Member
AREA

Mark Murray
Member
AFSCME Local 1587

Patty Picard
Member
CSEA Chapter 363

Terry Sandoval
Member
SEIU UHW

Rick Solis
Member
Carpenters Local 405

Matt Tuttle
Member
IAFF Local 230

Stanley Young
Member
IFPTE Local 21