ILCA’s executive council serves for a term of two years and is comprised of labor communicators from across the country.
Lisa Martin is Director of Strategic Communications at LiUNA!, the Laborers’ International Union of North America. She joined the team in 2007 and has focused on internal communications capacity-building for LiUNA! affiliates as well as technology tools that enable communication and member engagement.
Previously, Martin worked as communications manager and editor at a non-profit environmental advocacy group. She lives in Riverdale, Md., with her two children.
John Wojcik has been labor editor of People’s World since May 2007 and co-edits peoplesworld.org. Through the work of Wojcik and others, People’s World has been a regular feature of labor movement meetings and activities for many years. With fairness and clarity unmatched in the major media, it provides state-of-the-art coverage of the work labor and its allies do every day. Prior to his tenure at People’s World, Wojcik spent 10 years as a union meat cutter in northern New Jersey where, as a UFCW shop steward, he became part of the union’s negotiating committee. As a meat cutter, he was an activist in the movement to build support for Walmart workers and their right to form a union. In the 1990s, he was a special-education teacher working with children and adults on reading and math. In the ’70s and ’80s, he was active in independent political action campaigns supporting pro-labor candidates in Brooklyn and Manhattan and was a political reporter for Daily World.
With more than 20 years of experience, media veteran Damon Romine is National Director of Communications and Marketing for SAG-AFTRA, representing 160,000 actors, broadcasters, and recording artists. In his role, Romine manages the union’s external communications, which includes branding, crisis management, member relations, and the award-winning magazine, SAG-AFTRA. He joined the union in 2009 and helped shepherd the historic merger campaign that brought together SAG and AFTRA in 2012. During his tenure, the union’s communications efforts have been recognized with awards from the International Labor Communications Association, the Public Relations Society of America, and PRWeek.
Prior to joining the union, Romine spent four years as national spokesman and Entertainment Media Director of GLAAD, where he worked to elevate portrayals of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people within the entertainment media. At GLAAD, he created the annual Network Responsibility Index and was the architect of “Be an Ally & a Friend,” the largest-ever LGBT multimedia PSA campaign.
Romine previously served in senior editorial roles for consumer entertainment magazines published by Hearst Magazines and Bauer Publishing, and as a communications consultant for the Television Academy Foundation. He has degrees in Communications and Broadcast Journalism, and a masters in Media and Communications Psychology.
DeLane Adams is a communications representative at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Adams previously worked as the AFL-CIO Field Communications Coordinator for the 13-state Southern Region. Before this position, Adams served as the Georgia AFL-CIO Communications Director and lobbyist in Atlanta and as the Legislative Director for Citizen Action/Illinois in Chicago. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University.
Patricia Chardavoyne began her New York City career in 1999 at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Following her first assignment as a Community Service Aide in the Payroll Management Unit, she went on to assist victims of domestic violence. Presently, Chardavoyne is Vice President of Publicity and Community Relations for Social Service Employees Union Local 371. Her wide-ranging affiliations include the Coalition of Union Labor Women, for which she is a vice president.
Chelsea Connor is Director of Communications for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU, UFCW), where she leads strategic communications to tell the stories of the RWDSU’s 100,000 members. Connor joined the RWDSU in January 2017, following a term as director of media relations and communications for the Consulate General of Canada in New York.
A versatile public-affairs professional, Connor has been a political consultant and strategic advisor for corporations, elected officials, electoral campaigns, issue advocates, and unions. On the journalism side, she was a producer and researcher for NBC News’ “Decision 2012” and the Emmy Award-winning “Decision 2008” coverage. A Brooklyn native, Connor is a graduate of F. H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts and holds a B.F.A from New York University and a M.A. from Fordham University in Elections and Campaign Management.
John Doherty started his career as a unionized industrial painter in Boston. At one point, he developed an interest in the creative fields of music, writing, and graphic design. Merging unionism and communications, Doherty worked at the National Labor College for Communications and is currently Director of Communications for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, a union he has served for more than two decades as a member, organizer, and leader.
Taylor Garland is strategic public relations coordinator of the Association of Flight Attendants.
Mark Gruenberg is head of the Washington, D.C., bureau of People’s World and editor of Press Associates, Inc., a union news service. Previously, he worked as Washington correspondent for the Ottaway News Service, as Port Jervis bureau chief for the Middletown, N.Y., Times Herald Record, and as a researcher and writer for Congressional Quarterly. Gruenberg has a public-policy degree from the University of Chicago and worked as the University of Chicago correspondent for the Chicago Daily News.
Howard Kling grew up in a working-class home in Buffalo, N.Y. A filmmaker and organizer, Kling spearheading creation of Workday Minnesota, the first online labor news service in the U.S. This is one of many groundbreaking projects Kling led as director of the Labor Education Service Telecommunications Project at the University of Minnesota in the 1990s. He went on to direct the overall Labor Education Service for a decade.
After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Kling proposed and organized the first ILCA Labor Media Convention Project that took place there in 2007. A Twin Cities resident, he also a playwright and member of IATSE Local 219. He studied English at the State University of New York at Buffalo with a concentration in theater and American working-class literature and was a two-term president of the Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU).
James A. McNamara
James A. McNamara has served as Public Relations Director of the International Longshoremen’s Association for almost four decades.
McNamara began his professional writing career while in high school covering sports for a Long Island weekly, The Franklin Gazette. Later at Iona College, where he received his degree in Communication Arts, McNamara was sports editor of the college newspaper and editor in chief of the college annual, The ICANN. He later earned a master’s degree in Public Communications from Fordham University.
A native of Woodside, Queens, McNamara and his wife reside in New Rochelle, N.Y. They have a daughter and three grandchildren.
As a senior staff writer for the Air Line Pilots Association, John Perkinson develops, researches, and writes stories for Air Line Pilot magazine. He has worked for ALPA for more than 20 years, before which he held several positions at United Airlines. Perkinson has a Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University.
Marci Toback Rosenblum
Marci Toback Rosenblum is CEO of Tricomm Creative, which she founded in 1991. Among her many clients is CWA Local 1180, for which she serves as communications director. A graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Rosenblum has worked as a newspaper reporter and press secretary for New York state legislators. She is a member of the National Writers Union UAW Local 1981, the Graphic Artists Guild, National Association for Professional Women, and the Freelancers Union. She is also the Corresponding Secretary of the Central Park Precinct Community Council in New York City.
Samantha Shewmaker is communications staff of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.
Andrea Adleman, Membership and Communications Manager
Andrea Adleman is a strategic communications professional with a background in public affairs and labor. As a journalist, she has written for ILCA member newspapers as well as the mainstream media.