Steven C. Pitts
Emeritus Associate Chair
Steven Pitts is the creator and host of Black Work Talk, a podcast that looks at the struggles to build Black workers’ collective power and to challenge racial capitalism.
Steven recently retired from the UC Berkeley Labor Center where for 19 years he focused on leadership development and Black worker issues. While there, he produced several reports on Black workers and job quality; launched a Black union leadership school; and co-founded the National Black Worker Center – a network of Black worker centers around the country. (Learn more about Steven's work at the Labor Center.)
Prior to coming to the Labor Center, Steven taught economics for 15 years at the Houston Community College. Before teaching at the community college, he worked in a machine shop in Houston (Hughes Tool Company) for eight years and was active in the United Steelworkers of America local trying to build a stronger and more democratic union.
Meet our Students
Karina is a Graduate Student Researcher with the High-Road Training Partnerships Project under the Labor-Management Partnerships Program. She is a 2nd year Master of Public Policy student at the Goldman School of Public Policy. Prior to joining the Labor Center team, Karina interned at the California Energy Commission where she helped staff incorporate energy equity into their work. She also has four years of work experience helping advocates across the state push for stronger public health local ordinances.
Andrew is a PhD candidate in sociology at UC Berkeley. His dissertation analyzes the political economy of climate change in California. He’s happy to be working at the Labor Center with Pamela Egan developing California's High Road Training Partnerships.
Mansi Kathuria is a second-year Master of Public Policy student at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. At the Labor Center, they are the GSI for Anibel Ferus-Comelo's class "Work, Justice, and the Labor Movement." Before coming to Berkeley, Mansi spent seven years working as a community and labor organizer including with National Nurses United and Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago.
Abby Lawlor is a second year JD candidate at Berkeley Law studying labor and employment law. Abby is working with Senior Policy Fellow Jane McAlevey conducting research related to big and open collective bargaining. She came to UC Berkeley after a decade of worker and political organizing and strategic research with UNITE HERE.
Adrian Leong is a first-year Master of Public Policy Student at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. He is on the Low Wage Work team at the Labor Center. Previously, he worked as a Community Organizer with the Chinese Progressive Association in San Francisco.
Nina Mast is a second-year Master of Public Policy student at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. At the Labor Center, she is working with Senior Fellow Jane McAlevey on research to understand who influences public policy in the Bay Area and how that influence is exercised. Before graduate school, Nina worked as a strategic researcher in the labor movement and for issue advocacy campaigns related to health care and the economy.
Caroline Siegel Singh
Caroline is a current graduate student at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy studying inequality and postsecondary policy. She previously worked for the Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom, the New America Education Policy Program, and served as 2018-19 President of the University of California Student Association (UCSA) as an undergraduate at UC San Diego. She is also a previous gubernatorial appointee to the California Student Aid Commission, and an alum of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship at the University of Michigan.
Visiting Fellows and Scholars
Jon Hiatt is a union lawyer, who currently serves as Of Counsel to Solidarity Center, based in Washington D.C., while also a Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley Labor Center. Previously, Hiatt was General Counsel of the Service Employees International Union from 1987-1996, General Counsel of the AFL-CIO from 1996-2009, and then Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka from 2009-2017.
John Logan, Ph.D., U.S. labor history, University of California, Davis, is an expert on the anti-union industry and anti-union legislation in the U.S., and comparative labor issues, particularly how multinational companies treat employees and unions differently in the U.S. compared to European countries.
Katie Quan is a senior fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education. Formerly chair and associate chair of the Labor Center, she retired in 2016, but continues to work at the center on special projects involving research on global labor strategies and executive education for union leaders. In 2010 she co-founded the International Center for Joint Labor Research at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, and was its co-director for four years. In 2014 she received a Fulbright grant to study the apparel supply chain in China at Peking University. Prior to joining the staff of the Labor Center in 1998, Katie Quan was a seamstress, organizer, and international vice-president with the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, and its successor, UNITE. Learn more about Katie's career and her research.