Board and Staff

Ben Field
Executive Officer

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.”

Dianna Zamora-Marroquin
Political/Communications Director

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.

Brenda L. Rodríguez, MPH
Organizing Director

Brenda L. Rodríguez has had the honor of organizing in the workers’ rights movement for the past 9 years. After she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she was a literary graduate student in Texas and a rank-and-file leader of the Texas State Employees Union. During the height of the Occupy Movement, she decided to join the labor movement and build worker power. Her background includes organizing with UNITE HERE! and Working America. She's organized film and dairy workers in Albuquerque, trained new organizers across the Western region and created electoral analysis and strategy. She grew up in Little Village, an environmental justice community on the southwest side of Chicago. Informed by these experiences, she's a strong advocate for occupational health and safety and environmental justice. In May of 2019, she graduated with her Master’s in Public Health from John Hopkins University and seeks to advance food sovereignty, health equity, and worker cooperatives. She currently works as the Organizing Director at the South Bay Labor Council in San Jose, California. When she’s not a protest or reading, she enjoys eating churros with her family, playing scrabble, and going on hikes with her blue heeler.

Carmelita (Lita) Gutierrez

Administrative Assistant

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
IBEW Local 332

Jean Cohen
1ST Vice President
UA Local 393

Jason Hall
2ND Vice President
CWA Local 9423

Paul Fong
Recording Secretary
AFT Local 6157

Mark Van Den Heuvel
Sheet Metal Workers Local 104

Enrique Fernandez

Enrique Arguello
Laborers Local 270

Sergio Arrañaga
Teamsters Local 350

David Bini
Building and Construction Trades Council

Sheillena Brunston
ATU Local 265

Charlie Hernandez
Ironworkers Local 377

Troy Jones
UFCW Local 5

Sean Kaldor
IAFF Local 230

Malinda Markowitz

Riko Mendez
SEIU Local 521

Jocelyn Merz

Dolores Morales

Mark Murray
AFSCME Local 1587

Patty Picard
CSEA Chapter 363

Terry Sandoval

Rick Solis
Carpenters Local 405

Stanley Young
IFPTE Local 21

Robyn Zamora
AFSCME Local 101

Tony Alexander
Ex-Officio Member, APRI