Board of Directors
Robert L. Borosage, Chairman
Robert Borosage is currently the president of the Institute for America's Future and co-director of the Campaign for America's Future. He is acting chair for the American Progressive Caucus Policy Foundation. Borosage is a contributing editor of The Nation and a regular columnist on The Huffington Post. He writes regularly on economic and national security issues. Borosage is founder of Progressive Majority, and the Campaign for New Priorities, a nonprofit organization calling for post-Cold War reinvestment in America. He served as director of the Institute for Policy Studies where he remains as a board member. He has also served as an issues advisor to many progressive political campaigns, including those of Paul Wellstone, Barbara Boxer and Carole Moseley Braun. In addition, he was senior issues advisor for the 1988 Jesse Jackson Campaign. Borosage is a graduate of Yale Law School and holds a master's degree in international relations from George Washington University.
Beth Broderick is a veteran of stage and screen. She is best known for her portrayal of Aunt Zelda in the long-running hit TV series "Sabrina the Teenage Witch." In 1984, she founded MOMENTUM which was only the second AIDS program in existence at that time and produced numerous star-studded benefits and secured funding from a variety of sources. She was a founding member of the Celebrity Action Council for City Light Women's Rehabilitation Program and continues to provide resources for the Good Shepherd Home for battered women and children. Broderick is an active volunteer and fundraiser in Los Angeles for many political campaigns, including the campaigns of Walter Mondale, Bill Clinton and Howard Dean.
Edmund D. Cooke, Jr.
Edmund Cooke practices law in the Employment and Labor Section of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP's Washington, DC, office. He counsels and represents employers on a wide array of employment issues such as Title VII (sex, race and other types of discrimination), the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. He focuses on diversity counseling and audits and served for five years as a member of the task force designated to oversee Coca-Cola Inc.'s compliance with consent decree resolving a lawsuit alleging race discrimination at the company.
Ed spent more than eight years in counsel positions at the U.S. House of Representatives, advising and consulting with congressional committees and legislative staff throughout both houses of Congress regarding employment discrimination, civil rights, labor relations and other related matters. During that time he oversaw all federal agencies dealing with employment discrimination law and regulations. He also directed the preparation and enactment of all legislation and budgetary matters relating to civil rights laws and the enforcement of those laws.
Brandon Davis is a long-time advocate for working Americans and the National Political Director at the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU. SEIU is the fastest growing union in North America with over 2.1 million members in the heathcare, property services, and public services fields. Their political program, which Brandon leads, is also among the nation's largest and most successful at advocating for working families and the 99%.
Julie Martinez Ortega
Before joining American Rights at Work, Julie Martínez Ortega was a Kerr White Visiting Scholar with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also practiced civil rights litigation with Hadsell & Stormer, Inc. of Los Angeles, California, and worked on Capitol Hill as a Special Assistant to Senator Alan Cranston. She is a graduate of Stanford University, the UCLA School of Law, and the Heller Graduate School of Brandeis University. She is a member of the California Bar Association.
Mike Podhorzer is a tireless advocate for working families and the Political Director of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFL-CIO. The AFL-CIO is the umbrella organization for US unions, comprised of 57 unions making up more than 12 million Americans. As Political Director, Mike organizes to make the voices of working people heard in Congress, in the White House, and in State Houses and corporate boardrooms across the country.
Steve Phillips' has been an advocate for civil rights and education since his undergraduate years at Stanford, where he helped build a coalition of students, faculty and staff that pushed Stanford to make major changes in innovations in multi-cultural curriculum and student services for students of color. Phillips continued his public service after graduating from college, initially by working with a public interest law firm, and later by running for the San Francisco Board of Education at the age of 28. As a School Board Member-including a year as President-Phillips was instrumental in saving an early childhood education program, reducing class sizes, and making San Francisco the first school district in the country to incorporate books by writers of color into the required literature curriculum. After earning his law degree from Hastings College, Phillips started his own firm where he practiced civil rights and employment discrimination law. He has written nearly 100 columns and essays published in newspapers across the country, has appeared on multiple cable television shows, and has served as a commentator on BayTV and been a guest on KQED's Forum as well as appearing on KGO Radio and BBC radio.
Jack Polidori is the Director of Legislation & Political Organizing for the Delaware State Education Association. Polidori has nearly 30 years of experience in campaigns, lobbying, and consulting. During the 2004 cycle, Polidori served as the Political Director for Service Employees International Union where he managed the political department and the $12 million SEIU PAC. Polidori worked extensively with the National Education Association from 1997-2003 in government relations developing, coordinating, and conducting opinion research and analysis. He is acknowledged as a trusted education policy advisor and political strategist, with an extensive history with the Maryland State Teachers Association, North Carolina Association of Educators, and the Massachusetts Teachers Association.
Fran Rodgers is widely recognized as a leader in addressing simultaneous labor force and business changes and was a founder of the work/life industry. Ms. Rodgers founded WFD (formerly Work/Family Directions) in 1983, where she remains the CEO. At WFD, Rodgers assisted blue chip, global corporations in igniting and sustaining employee commitment to business results. In 1994, she was a national winner of the Ernst and Young/Merrill Lynch Entrepreneur of the Year contest. In 1996, she was named one of the 25 most influential working mothers in the United States by Working Mother magazine.