Our staff are dedicated to supporting the rights of workers and to building power for workers through a variety of strategies.  To reach us, fill out the form on our contact page or call us at 202-347-4100.  Members of the media, please contact Liana Foxvog at liana[at]ilrf.org.

Staff

Elena Arengo, Senior Corporate Accountability Analyst

Elena Arengo joined ILRF in April 2017 as Senior Corporate Accountability Analyst. Previously, she was Chief Technical Advisor for the ILO/IFC’s Better Work program in Nicaragua, where she established and coordinated a national program to monitor and improve conditions in the apparel export manufacturing industry in close coordination with national trade unions, employers, government and multinational brands. She also worked as consultant for the Better Work program in Bangladesh. Before that, she worked at Social Accountability International for ten years, first as Worker Training Program Coordinator, developing and implementing capacity-building programs for union workers in nine countries, in coordination with the International Textile Garment and Leather Workers Federation, and later as Latin America Program Director, on programs on CSR and labor rights, in partnerships with trade unions, brands, employers, governments and NGOs throughout the region. Elena has also worked with MADRE, an international women’s human rights organizations on programs for women’s economic development and human rights.  

Liana Foxvog, Director of Campaigns

Liana Foxvog is ILRF's Director of Campaigns. In 2004, Liana joined SweatFree Communities as National Organizer, and has coordinated ILRF's campaigns in the apparel industry since the merger with ILRF in 2010. By leading workshops and coordinating a variety of conferences, she has played a critical role in helping launch new grassroots campaigns to promote transparency and respect for workers' rights in apparel supply chains. She has been interviewed extensively on ILRF's work advocating for workplace safety and corporate accountability in the Bangladesh garment industry by national and international media outlets. Previously, Liana worked for the American Friends Service Committee, educating and mobilizing youth to take action against corporate globalization and for fairness in trade agreements. She has also served as a Spanish interpreter for immigrant rights and social justice organizations and coordinated interpretation teams for numerous events. Liana holds a Union Leadership and Administration Master's Degree in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts, where she teaches the Labor and the Global Economy course. 

Judy Gearhart, Executive Director

Judy Gearhart is the Executive Director of ILRF since March 2011.  Judy is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School for International and Public Affairs, teaching the course Human Rights and Development Policy since 2002.  Previously, Judy coordinated legal research and training programs for workers and trade unions at Social Accountability International, led field research and evaluations for UNICEF and the ILO’s International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor in Honduras, and worked for women’s rights and democratization with NGOs in Mexico.  She has published on women’s rights, children’s rights and labor relations. Judy holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

Eric Gottwald, Deputy Director

Eric Gottwald is the Deputy Director of ILRF and is responsible for coordinating programs to end labor abuses in high-risk sectors (including palm oil, seafood, and cotton), as well as leading efforts to utilize and strengthen accountability mechanisms to promote labor rights in the global economy.  Since coming to ILRF, he has published on forced labor and child labor in Indonesia’s palm oil industry, forced labor in Vietnam’s drug detention centers, abusive short-term contracts in Peru’s apparel and agro-export sectors, and a range of policy issues related to trade, corporate accountability, and labor rights.  He is a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Board of the U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the Workers’ Rights Advisory Committee of Fairtrade International.

Prior to joining ILRF, Eric worked on a rule of law project for the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center in Lima, Peru.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2005 and his work has appeared in the American University International Law Review.  During law school, Eric worked as a fellow for the International Labor Organization's Multinational Enterprises Programme.  He is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

Shea Jenkins, Administrative Assistant

Shea Jenkins serves as ILRF's Administrative Assistant, helping keep the office organized and assisting with financial management, development, and supporting the Executive Director. Previously she interned at the original Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Maryhouse and has volunteered at organizations addressing issues of poverty, homelessness, and violence. Shea holds a Bachelor's in History from University of Notre Dame with a concentration in African history. Her studies abroad in West Africa contribute to her passion for workers' rights globally.

Kevin Lin, China Program Officer

Kevin Lin is ILRF’s China Program Officer. His main responsibilities consist of working with university law schools and civil society organizations in China to provide legal consultation and representation, and improve the legal environment for rural migrant workers. Prior to joining ILRF, Kevin has conducted academic research on China’s civil society and the labor movement with extensive in-country fieldwork experience. His research has been published in academic journals and edited volumes. In addition, Kevin has engaged in writing for a variety of online media outlets about Chinese workers and trade unions. He is interested in building international solidarity between workers in different countries.

Sarah Newell, Communications and Campaigns Coordinator

Sarah Newell joined the team in July 2016 as a Campaigns Associate. Sarah focuses on campaigning for corporate accountability in the garment industry, as well as developing ILRF’s organization-wide communications strategy. She previously worked as a union organizer in the public healthcare sector, and with higher education faculty. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where she was a member of United Students Against Sweatshops.

Gabriela Rosazza, Campaigns Associate

Gabriela Rosazza coordinates the U.S. Labor Education in the Americas Project (USLEAP) – ILRF’s program focused on trade union rights in Latin America. Gabby joined the team after graduating from Saint Joseph's University in 2016, where she studied International Relations and Latin American Studies. As a student, she played a key role in engaging the student body in activism, participating in and coordinating immersions to the School of  The Americas protest, El Paso, Texas, the Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Cuba. Her work at ILRF is influenced by her background as a daughter of immigrants and dedication to crossborder solidarity with workers in the Americas.

Charlotte Tate, Cotton Campaign Coordinator

Charlotte Tate is the Coordinator of the Cotton Campaign, a global coalition of labor, human rights, investor, and business organizations coalesced to end forced labor of children and adults in the Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan cotton sectors. ILRF is a leading member of the Cotton Campaign. Before joining ILRF as Campaigns Associate in August 2018, Charlotte worked in Thailand with Issara Institute, a migrant workers’ rights focused organization, as the Partnerships and Communications Officer. While there, she had the opportunity to engage Burmese and Cambodian migrant worker populations, Thai business owners, and global brands in the fight for higher labor standards. In addition to her role in ILRF's campaigns team, Charlotte is completing her MA at American University’s School of International Service, obtaining her degree in Ethics, Peace and Human Rights. Charlotte received her BA in international studies from Miami University.

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