EJC Board Members
(Affiliations are listed for informational purposes only.)
Keith Mestrich (Amalgamated Bank)
Marla Greenberg (Attorney)
Joseph Kolick (International Union of Painters and Allied Trades)
Meei Shi Child (Community Board Member)
Barbara Kagan (Steptoe & Johnson, LLP)
Sarah Massey (Massey Media)
Heidi Shierholz (Economic Policy Institute)
George Murphy (Murphy Anderson PLLC)
EJC Board Biographies
Orrin D. Baird
Orrin Baird has been an Associate General Counsel of the Service Employees International Union, CTW, since 1990. He is the union’s chief counsel to its Property Services Division. Before that, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C., labor law firm of Connerton, Ray & Simon from 1980 to 1990. He also worked for the legal department of the Laborers’ International Union, AFL-CIO, from 1977 to 1980. His practice has been restricted exclusively to representing labor unions, their members and individual workers. Prior to attending law school, he was a community organizer and an organizer for the United Farm Workers in Florida. He received a J.D. degree from Antioch School of Law in 1977 and a B.A. degree from Wesleyan University in 1969.
Marla Greenberg is an attorney and previously served U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer on the Banking and Finance Committees in the Senate, and also was his Deputy Regional Director in Buffalo, NY. Ms. Greenburg also worked for Congressman James R. Langevin of Rhode Island, as his Legislative Assistant, on the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology. She received her law degree from the Howard University School of Law, and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Keith Mestrich is President and CEO of the Amalgamated Bank. Prior to joining the Bank, Mestrich served for 4 years as the Chief Financial Officer for the Service Employees International Union. In his capacity at SEIU, Mestrich served as a trustee on three separate Taft-Hartley funds and on the Investment Committee for the SEIU Master Trust. Mestrich is a 25-year veteran of the labor movement having worked at Workers United, UNITE HERE, UNITE and the AFL-CIO. He is currently the Treasurer of the Union Health Center in New York City a. Mr. Mestrich received his degree in Political Science and Public Policy from Kalamazoo College where he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Joseph Kolick, Esq.
Joseph Kolick has been General Counsel of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO (“IUPAT”) since 2011. Prior to that time, he practiced law as a partner at Dickstein Shapiro LLP beginning in 1979. At Dickstein, Mr. Kolick had a varied civil litigation practice with a focus on complex commercial disputes, labor and employment issues, and appellate advocacy. At IUPAT, he counsels the Union and its affiliates on the entire spectrum of issues that confront a progressive labor organization working in partnership with responsible employers to build a better life for both owners and workers. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Georgetown University Law Center.
Meei Shi Child
Meei Child’s encounter with EJC dates back to 2009, when she came to the Workers’ Rights Clinic. After the successful resolution of her case, she joined the EJC community organizing group WAGE – Workers Advocating for Greater Equality. Since then, she has testified before the DC Council and at several press events to advocate for the passage of extended unemployment benefits.
Based on her interest in the unique relationship between social advocacy and communications, Ms. Child also volunteered with Media Matters for America where she conducted media research and crafted talking points for advocacy groups undergoing media training.
Today, Ms. Child’s interest in social advocacy and communications continues to guide her actions, and she is honored to have the opportunity to serve workers in America through EJC.
She has a BA in political economy with an emphasis on labor issues in China, and works for international consulting firm Guizzetti & Associates.
Sarah Massey is the founder and principal of Massey Media, a company with the mission of placing progressives in the press. Half of Ms. Massey’s professional life was in the economic justice arena as Communications Director for the National Employment Law Project and as Media Specialist for
the AFL-CIO. Prior to worker rights, Ms. Massey advocated environmental justice at West Harlem Environmental Action and transit rider rights at New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She currently also serves as the Media Director for Project Vote.
Ms. Massey holds a B.A. degree in International Studies from State University of New York at Cortland and a Masters of Urban Planning from Hunter College. She is the founder of the Fabulous Women Biz Owners DC group, an organization with a mission to support, inform and network women entrepreneurs in the DC area. Ms. Massey regularly lends her public relations and writing expertise to the EJC.
Heidi Shierholz, Ph.D.
Heidi Shierholz joined the Economic Policy Institute as a labor economist in 2007. Her areas of research include trends in employment, unemployment, and compensation, income and wealth inequality, the low-wage labor market, the minimum wage, immigration and wages, and the gender wage gap. She received a BA in Mathematics from Grinnell College, an MS in Statistics from Iowa State University, and an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan. She previously worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto.
Barbara K. Kagan
Barbara Kagan is the Public Service Counsel at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and was among the very first attorneys in the country to hold such a position. In this role, she works to develop the firm’s pro bono policies, broaden the scope of its pro bono practice, and continuously increase the amount of pro bono work engaged in by the firm. On a day-to-day basis, Ms. Kagan screens potential pro bono matters, places pro bono representations with firm attorneys, supervises pro bono cases, and serves as a liaison with the public service legal community.
Ms. Kagan graduated from the Cornell University School of Law in 1978 and received her BA from Cornell University’s College of Arts & Science, with Distinction in All Subjects, in 1975. Before joining Steptoe in 1992, she was in private practice, representing clients in civil and criminal matters, and prior to that, served as an attorney in two federal agencies.
George Murphy has represented unions for over 40 years. He is consulted nationally for his expertise.
He joined the legal staff of the Retail Clerks International Association in 1967, which later merged to form the United Food and Commercial Workers, a union representing more than 1.2 million workers. Mr. Murphy served as General Counsel for the UFCW for more than 20 years, and was involved in every important legal and political event affecting the union.
Upon retiring from that position, he entered private practice where he continues to assist unions in all aspects of labor and employee benefits law.
In 2008 Mr. Murphy was honored by the Peggy Browning Fund for his lifetime of service to working people.
Nick Kuttner has more than 30 years of service developing sustainable, scalable growth strategies, and implementing technology and people development programs that drive organizational performance and value creation. As a Partner/Senior Vice President with Booz Allen Hamilton and as the Executive Director of Sector Three Services, he has worked with public sector, commercial, and nonprofit organizations to bring together the necessary people, process, and technologies to improve their ability to meet the needs of their constituents and customers.
The criteria for selection to the board are commitment to workers’ rights, the time and willingness to serve on the board, and the ability to make a meaningful contribution to the direction and well-being of the D.C. Employment Justice Center.