Staff

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


Diana E. Alonzo Watkins, Senior Development Officer

Diana E. Alonzo Watkins is the newest member of ILRF, having joined in April 2015.  She is a cause-driven fundraising professional with more than 10 years of non-profit experience in a variety of direct service and policy organizations with a focus on working with marginalized populations.  Prior to joining ILRF, Diana worked as a Grants Manager for CentroNía, a nationally recognized organization serving low-income children and families of color in Washington, DC. She graduated from American University with a Masters in U.S. Foreign Policy and bachelor’s degrees in Government & Politics and Spanish Language, with a concentration in Translation from the University of Maryland, College Park.  


Aisha Brown, Director of Finance & Administration

Aisha joined ILRF in January 2014. As Director of Finance & Administration and member of the Executive Management Team, Aisha leads the organization in the strategic and financial oversight of the organization.  She has senior responsibility for all areas related to finance and accounting, partner grant agreements, human resources, administration, and information technology infrastructure.  Aisha works closely with the Board of Directors and is the lead staff member on both the audit and compliance. Prior to coming to ILRF, Aisha worked for 14 years as a financial management advisor for several nonprofit organizations, including the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, and the Flavor and Extracts Manufacturers Association.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.


Matt Fischer-Daly, Coordinator, Cotton Campaign

Matt Fischer-Daly 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 cotton sector of Uzbekistan. ILRF is a leading member of the Cotton Campaign. Since 2012, Matt has coordinated the advocacy of ILRF and the coalition to urge governments, companies and investors to use their leverage with the government of Uzbekistan to end this continuous and systematic human rights violation. In this role, Matt also works with partners in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to promote workers’ rights.

Previously, he worked for Social Accountability International, working with partners in Central America to promote labor rights in the agricultural sector and developing voluntary labor standards. Prior to SAI, Matt conducted research on structural adjustment programs with The Development Group for Alternative Policies and worked with the local education Library Project of Guatemala (PROBIGUA). He has an M.A. in International Economic Policy from the School of International Service of American University and a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish Literature from the University of Michigan.


Liana Foxvog, Director of Organizing and Communications

Liana Foxvog is ILRF's Director of Organizing and Communications. 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 national 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, including by ABC, BBC, CBC, CBS, In These Times, International Business Times, New York Times, NPR, Salon, The Nation, and Wall Street Journal.

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 taught courses on Labor and the Global Economy at the University of Massachusetts and served as a Spanish interpreter for immigrant rights and social justice organizations. Liana holds a Union Leadership and Administration Master's Degree in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts and a B.A. in Political Science from Reed College.


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, Legal and Policy Director

Eric Gottwald joined ILRF in the fall of 2011 and is responsible for its programs in Latin America, as well as leading legal, policy, and legislative efforts.  Prior to joining ILRF, Eric worked on union capacity building projects 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.


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.


Abby McGill, Director of Campaigns

Abby McGill has been ILRF’s Campaigns Director since September 2013. She is responsible for coordinating campaigns around labor exploitation in globally traded agricultural commodities. Her current campaigns include cotton from Uzbekistan, seafood from Thailand, tobacco from Malawi and cocoa from Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. Prior to ILRF, Abby worked for more than six years in the international affairs department of the American Federation of Teachers, where she coordinated projects with labor partners around the world. She had previously worked as a journalist and has a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University (international policy and development) and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Russian studies from the University of Kansas.


Sarah Newell, Campaigns Associate

Sarah Newell joined the team in July 2016 as a Campaigns Associate. Her primary focus is on campaigns around gender-based workplace violence and corporate accountability in the garment industry. She also supports a number of campaigns with communications and media efforts. She previously worked as an organizer with the American Association of University Professors, where she fought alongside faculty on issues in higher education. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where she was a member of United Students Against Sweatshops. 


Whitney Pierson, Finance and Operations Assistant

Whitney joined the team at ILRF in September 2015 after finishing her duel Masters in International Business/Master of Arts in International Studies at the University of South Carolina.  Her responsibilities as the Finance and Operations Assistant are to help in the facilitation of the organization’s mission by ensuring financial compliance with grants specifically for the programs in China.  Prior to joining ILRF, Whitney has worked for various nonprofits aiming to promote children’s rights and education, one of her greatest passions.  She has also worked for two international corporations in San Francisco and Denver.    Most recently, she has completed her research about the effect of sanctions by spending a month in Cuba.  


Andy Shen, Senior Legal & Policy Analyst

Andy Shen is ILRF’s Senior Legal & Policy Analyst. He was previously the Legal Adviser and Program Manager of the Roosevelt Institute’s Future of Work Initiative and a legal and research consultant to the ILO’s GMS and ASEAN TRIANGLE projects. During his three years in Asia, Andy worked on transitional justice in Cambodia, combating labor trafficking in Southeast and East Asia, and protecting Southeast Asian migrant workers from exploitation. His work has been published by the ILO and publicized by BBC-Asia and he has presented at ILO convenings in Indonesia and Vietnam.

Andy holds a B.A. in Political Science, with a concentration in International Relations, from UCLA, and a J.D., with a specialization in Public International Law, from Santa Clara University School of Law. He is admitted to the New York Bar and is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s International Law Committee. 

 

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