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

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

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

  • In Memorium - Richard L. Trumka

    August 09, 2021
    A champion is gone. The day of his death was sad and dark. The passing of President Trumka is a loss for the entire labor movement and for workers and their families throughout this country. It was also a very personal loss for all of us here at the Peggy Browning Fund and for so many workers’...
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  • PBF Remembers Duane Beeson

    July 07, 2021
    Peggy Browning Fund is saddened to share the news of the passing of our good friend Duane Beeson on Saturday, July 3 at the age of 98. Most recently Of Counsel with the firm, Beeson, Tayer & Bodine, in Oakland and Sacramento, CA, Duane was a longtime supporter and former awardee of PBF’s...
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  • 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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