Board of Directors

Richard J. Brean, Chair
Retired General Counsel
United Steelworkers

Joseph Lurie, Founder
Peggy Browning Fund

James C. Kokolas, CPA, Treasurer
Managing Partner
Calibre CPA Group PLLC

Michael L. Artz, PBF '00, Secretary
Associate General Counsel

Lucas R. Aubrey, PBF '06
Sherman Dunn, P.C.

Julie Gutman Dickinson
Bush Gottlieb

Niraj R. Ganatra
General Counsel
UAW International Union

Mindy Garland, PBF '16
Labor Relations Representative
City Employees Associates

David Jury
General Counsel
United Steelworkers

Danielle E. Leonard
Altshuler Berzon LLP

John K. Pierre
Southern University Law Center

Vincent F. Pitta
Managing Partner
Pitta LLP

Maneesh Sharma
Associate General Counsel

Jay Smith

Gilbert & Sackman

Patrick J. Szymanski
General Counsel
Change to Win

Leo W. Gerard, Honorary Board Member
United Steelworkers International

Advisory Board

Randi B. Bandman
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, LLP

Richard A. Brook
Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.

Eugene G. Eisner
Eisner & Mirer, P.C.

Fred Feinstein
Consultant, Unioins & Other Worker Advocacy Organizations

Ruben J. Garcia
Professor, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Lisa M. Gomez
Cohen, Weiss & Simon, LLP

Jonathan P. Hiatt
Former Chief of Staff & Executive Assistant to President, AFL-CIO

Eben O. McNair
Schwarzwald, McNair & Fusco LLP

Cyrus Mehri
Mehri & Skalet, PLLC

George R. Murphy
Murphy Anderson PLLC

Jessica Drangel Ochs
SEIU Local 32BJ

David Prouty
General Counsel, SEIU Local 32BJ

Craig Rosenbaum
Executive Director/General Counsel
Chicago Newspaper Guild Local 34071

Daniel W. Sherrick
Trustee, UAW VEBA

Robert A. Sugarman
Sugarman & Susskind, P.A.

Marley S. Weiss
Professor, University of Maryland School of Law



Latest News

  • Advocating for Workplace Justice - Virtually

    November 19, 2020
    During the pandemic, PBF transitioned our Regional Workshop Programs to a virtual platform which provided us with an opportunity to offer these programs to a wider variety of panelists and student attendees than normal when the program is in-person. We worked closely with our law school contacts,...
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  • 2020 National Conference Was Virtual

    November 18, 2020
    As the COVID-19 pandemic progressed earlier this year, it quickly became apparent that we would have to reconstruct all of our programs to accommodate the new reality. As our Peggy Browning Fellows and mentors began preparing for the challenges of working remotely, we also started planning to...
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  • George Nicolau 1925-2020

    January 14, 2020
    We are very sad to share that our good friend, George Nicolau, passed away on January 2, 2020. George received the Peggy Browning Award at our New York Awards Reception in New York City in 2011.
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