Amaury Pineda, Georgetown University fellow researcher and Jobs With Justice policy analyst joins DC LERA as Director of Communications.

Amaury Pineda joined the DC LERA Board of Governors representing Georgetown University Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor in October of 2023.

As a researcher and policy analyst, Amaury Pineda uses his research skills to find new ways to increase workers’ power through local, state, and federal policy. Before joining the Kalmanovitz Initiative and Jobs With Justice, Pineda represented and advocated for graduate students’ rights as the Graduate Student Association president at Western Michigan University.

Furthermore, Pineda holds a law degree from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he worked as a labor lawyer before pursuing a Ph.D. at Western. He completed his Ph.D. in political science in Dec. 2021, focusing on comparative politics and political theory.

You can find Pineda watching movies, playing chess or basketball, and spending time with friends in his free time.

DC LERA welcomes the German Embassy’s new representative Yasmin Hilpert to Board

Yasmin Hilpert joined the DC LERA Board of Governors as the Representative of the German Embassy in July 2023.

Yasmin Hilpert is an experienced researcher, advisor and consultant on labor market development, digitization and technological innovation, social policy and inclusion. She serves as the Counselor for Labor and Social Affairs at the German Embassy in Washington DC since July 2023.

Yasmin comes from an extensive trade union background with experience in strategic development, labor issues and workforce development. She brings close to ten years of experience as a trainer and educator in a labor union vocational training institute in Germany. She worked as a strategic advisor to human rights and labor organizations to develop strategies for Industry 4.0 and workforce automation in light of technology innovation.

Since 2016, Yasmin has been working in academia and think tanks in the US, with a particular focus on the intersection of technology and industrial policy and the implications for the labor market, workers and qualifications.

Prior to her work in the U.S., she worked as leadership advisor at IndustriALL Global (50m members) in Geneva and IndustriALL Europe (7m members) in Brussels, the global and European umbrella organizations of all heavy industry manufacturing sectors. She engaged in high-level negotiations on a national and European level with employers and multi-national corporations and is regularly invited as a contributor to meetings of labor, business and government leaders in Germany, the UK and the EU as a whole.

Yasmin is an expert on metropolitan industrial policy and regional development, innovation infrastructure, and sustainability. With an interdisciplinary academic background in political science and with a focus on Industry 4.0, Yasmin holds a Masters from Humboldt University Berlin and is graduating with her Ph.D. in 2023. She regularly presents at academic conferences and was elected chair of the Research Committee 11 “Science and Politics” of the International Political Science Association in July 2023.

Welcome, Yasmin!

2023 DC LERA Officers confirmed at January 26 event on Nonprofit Unions

The Washington, DC chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (DC LERA) confirmed the 2023 DC LERA Officers at its in-person event on January 26, 2023.

Serving in 2023 are:

  • Tequila Brooks, President (2023)
  • Steve Silvia, Treasurer
  • Valentina Ahumada, Recording Secretary
  • Ben Kreider, Membership Secretary

Many thanks to outgoing President David Jacobs, who was at the helm as DC LERA navigated the transition from the Virtual environment back to the Live and Hybrid world. Thanks also to outgoing Recording Secretary Mindy Reiser for her excellent service on the Executive Committee and her ongoing service as a DC LERA Board Member.

Congratulations to the new DC LERA officers! Looking forward to a great 2023. Please reach out to become more active!