Sarah L. White
Sarah L. White is the Deputy Director for Equity, Climate and Jobs at the California Workforce Development Board, where she is charged with aligning the state’s progressive jobs and training agenda with its ambitious climate and environmental goals. Before joining the Brown Administration, she spent a decade at COWS, a national policy center at the University of Wisconsin dedicated to high-road economic development. White has written widely on inequality, decarbonization, and social change, including Greener Reality: Resilience, Equity, and Skill Formation in a Cleaner U.S. Economy. She serves on on the Leadership Council of the National Skills Coalition, chaired the National Working Group on Solar Career Pathways for USDOE, and for many years ran a USAID Development Education Program. She holds a PhD from Columbia University and a B.A. from Wellesley College.
Doug Bloch has dedicated his professional career to labor and community organizing. Since 2010 he has served as the Political Director for Teamsters Joint Council 7, which represents over 100,000 workers in Northern California and Nevada. He also serves as gubernatorial appointee to the California Commission on Health and Safety, and Workers’ Compensation. Before Teamsters, Bloch was the Port of Oakland’s campaign director for Change to Win, a coalition of American labor Unions. Before this, he also was a senior research analyst at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) from 2000-2006, which came about after working for five years as a community organizer.
Zoe Lipman is the Director of BGA’s Vehicles and Advanced Transportation Program. She is based in Washington DC and works on transportation, technology, manufacturing and economic policy topics. She previously worked for the National Wildlife Federation where she led the organization’s work on fuel economy and advanced vehicles and earlier headed their Midwest climate policy program. She has served on utility, transportation, and climate policy forums at a state and federal level and worked closely with wide range of labor, environmental, business and government stakeholders. She has also worked as a labor union official in the U.S. and overseas. She has a BA from Yale University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Carol Zabin (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) directs the Labor Center’s Green Economy Program and the new High Road Training Partnership Institute. She is a labor economist whose research has addressed low-wage labor markets, labor standards, workforce development, and other economic development and labor issues in the United States and Mexico. Her current research focuses on the impact of climate and clean energy policy on California's economy, workers, and labor unions. Appointed by Governor Brown, Zabin sits on the executive council of the California Workforce Development Board and chairs the board’s Green Collar Jobs Council. Before joining the Labor Center, Zabin was on the faculty at Tulane University and UCLA.