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National Black Worker Center Project, executive director
Tanya Wallace-Gobern, executive director for the National Black Worker Center Project, is a seasoned labor and community organizer with more than 20 years of movement-based, strategic and operational experience building influence for black workers have not broken through high levels of racism, unemployment and low wages. Wallace’s commitment to mobilizing for justice began as a student activist at Loyola University of Chicago. Upon graduation, she was recruited to join the Organizing Institute, AFL-CIO, and hired by the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, now part of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). She later moved to the Southeast to organize workers of color, which broadened her skills and commitment to empowering people of color. Wallace-Gobern also created the AFL-CIO’s Historical Black College Recruitment program and, for nearly a decade, oversaw the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions field operation.
Wallace-Gobern holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University of Chicago and completed the Harvard Business Schools’ Executive Leadership program. She currently resides in Atlanta.