Cathy previously directed the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center’s work in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, including strategic campaigns, worker education and advocacy training, and popular research methodologies to document the challenges facing women, migrant and informal economy workers. She led the organization’s humanitarian response to the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Before directing the Solidarity Center’s programs in the DR and Haiti, Cathy oversaw the Solidarity Center’s global outreach and communications efforts. Cathy has coordinated strategic campaigns of the AFL-CIO on foreign policy, trade, women’s rights, HIV/AIDS, and child labor. Before moving to AFL-CIO, Cathy worked for the Ford Foundation on their foreign policy and human rights portfolios, and for the United Nations/UNIFEM. As a Fulbright scholar in Nicaragua, Cathy developed popular education materials for women in conflict zones and researched the impact of structural adjustment policies on women workers. Cathy holds a B.A. from Pitzer College and an M.P.A. from Columbia University