Tanya Wallace-Gobern became the Executive Director of the National Black Worker Center Project in June 2016. She brings over 20 years of experience in labor and community organizing. Tanya began her career immediately following college graduation, when she joined the Organizing Institute of the AFL-CIO. Soon after that, her desire to organize Black workers led her to work for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU — a predecessor union of Unite HERE) and move to the Southeast to help on their unionization campaign in that region. Later, she created the AFL-CIO’s Historical Black College Recruitment program in order to increase the number of Blacks among union leadership and staff. For the past 10 years, Tanya has been working for the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions including running their field operation.
Mariah McClain has been the Project Coordinator for the National Black Worker Center Project since June 2017.
Mariah McClain is a communications specialist from Lansing, Michigan. She attended Hampton University and graduated magna cum-lade with a Bachelors Degree of Art in Strategic Communications from the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, with an Area of Emphasis in Political Science.
Mariah has worked with non-profit organizations and unions across the country including AFT, SEIU 32BJ, Center For Third-World Organizing and the Bay Area Black Worker Center. Mariah aided in organizing efforts and assisting organizations reclaim their own narratives through her communications work for the past five years.
Stephanie Collier is the Field Organizer at NBWCP. She began her career in telecommunications while a student at the University of Texas at San Antonio and immediately joined Communications Workers of America Local 6143. Her work later took her to Houston, TX where she became a Chief Job Steward and member of the Legislative and Women’s Committee. In 2009 after working successfully on Congressional campaigns in the districts covering San Antonio, she was promoted to Staff Representative of the CWA International Union. While in the position her accomplishments included a numerous arbitration and grievance wins, successful contract negotiations in telecommunications, medical and printing bargaining units, organizing internal and external new members in every local assigned, and building coalitions with community partners. After 27 years in the telecommunications industry ,10 of which was spent working for her union full time she joins NBWCP carry on the legacy of her grandfather who was a member of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and fought tirelessly for improvements to wages and working conditions for black workers during the 1940s.
Lakisha joined the team in November 2017, bringing over 16 years of experience in executive administrative support, program logistics and office management. A native New Yorker, Lakisha began her career shortly after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Law, with a minor in Sociology from SUNY Binghamton in 2000. She wore many hats and served in a number of support roles over a 10-year span at Circle Advisers, Inc., a boutique wealth management firm. Lakisha was instrumental in contributing to insurance new business development, client retention and marketing initiatives and excelled in providing executive level support and office management.
The next road in Lakisha’s career path led to multiple roles in her 4 plus year tenure in Washington, DC at the National Retail Federation, the largest trade organization for retailers. At NRF, Lakisha was responsible for managing, coordinating and helping to develop, plan and execute programs, executive council meetings and special events at NRF Conferences. Of her accomplishments, Lakisha’s implementation of improvements increased attendee participation and satisfaction at existing programs and played a key role in the first-year success of a mentoring program at a major NRF Event.