Democracy Initiative/DIEF Exciting Updates

Monday, May 7, 2018
Democracy Initiative
Board of Directors

Karen Hobert Flynn  
DI Co-Chair
Common Cause

Tefere Gebre
DI Co-Chair Executive Vice President,

Annie Leonard
Executive Director,
Greenpeace USA

Derrick Johnson
President & CEO,

Michael Brune
Executive Director,
Sierra Club

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Democracy Initiative (DI) Board of Directors is excited to announce that Tefere Gebre, the Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO will now serve as Co-Chair of the DI/DIEF, joining Karen Hobert Flynn, President of Common Cause to lead our growing coalition. Tefere’s voice as a labor leader and an immigrant is vital as we develop cohesive strategies to build a vibrant national movement for democracy. We want to appreciate Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, for serving as Co-Chair and wish her well as she leads major fights in the environmental community and look forward to her continued stewardship on our board.

Tefere currently serves on the DI/DIEF Board and came to the United States as a political refugee from Ethiopia. Since he worked his first union job as a night shift loader at UPS, he has devoted his life to fighting to empower workers to achieve dignity and justice. He rose to leadership roles in the California labor movement, becoming executive director of the Orange County Labor Federation in 2006. Adopting a mission of change and growth, under Tefere’s leadership membership in the federation increased by more than 15,000 members. He helped to build strong coalitions with faith and civil rights organizations. In 2013, Tefere was elected executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, where he focuses on building strong partnerships between labor and community groups, immigrant rights advocates, and civil rights organizations.

We are very fortunate to Tefere for taking on these additional responsibilities, and we look forward to his contributions in uniting our communities to mobilize and fight for democracy and justice.

We are excited to announce that Greenpeace is ramping up their democracy campaign work and hiring a Democracy Campaigner.  As it is increasingly clear that oil money in government is a top obstacle to advancing clean air, clean water, and climate solutions, Greenpeace is fighting the corrupting influence of corporate money in government and defending our democratic spaces. To apply for the position, click here.

In peace and solidarity,              

The Democracy Initiative Board of Directors

The Democracy Initiative is a dynamic network of 69 organizations representing 40 million members working for a responsive, reflective, and inclusive democracy where all Americans participate fully and freely in the democratic process.

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