Executive Director, Community Labor United
Darlene Lombos is the Executive Director of Community Labor United (CLU), a long-term partnership between some of the strongest base building community organizations and unions in Greater Boston. Since 2005, CLU has successfully moved strategic campaigns that protect and promote the interests of working class families and communities of color in Greater Boston and throughout the Commonwealth. Through a program of coalition building, research and policy development, public education and grassroots mobilization, CLU moves forward policies that promote quality jobs, affordable housing and sustainable local economies. CLU also convenes the Green Justice Coalition (GJC), a group of frontline climate justice organizations positioned to influence decisions on energy policies through state and municipal interventions that draw on the strengths of grassroots organizing, civic engagement and communications strategies.
Darlene has been organizing around various community issues since 1996, including police accountability and home daycare justice at Direct Action for Rights and Equality in Providence, RI, as well as transportation equity, gentrification and displacement, and education reform at Sisters in Action for Power in Portland, OR. She brings nearly twenty years’ experience in community and youth organizing, leadership development and coalition-building to this work. A few years ago, she was elected as the first woman of color Vice President of the Greater Boston Labor Council.