University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1997); James Madison University (B.A., 1991)
Doug has spent nearly twenty years representing the interests of workers and their families. Before coming to Worksafe, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy at the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), where he worked on a broad range of issues, including enforcement programs, whistleblower policies, Congressional and public affairs, rulemaking, and agency management. He was also deeply involved in the agency’s response to the April 2010 Massey Energy/Upper Big Branch mine disaster. Before working at MSHA, he was a labor attorney, first with the United Mine Workers of America, then in private practice representing international and local unions in a variety of industries, including mining, transportation, hospitality, health care, manufacturing, and construction. Before becoming an attorney, Doug worked at the Democratic National Committee and for the late Senator Paul Wellstone.
Doug is excited to be a part of Worksafe, and to continue its extraordinary legacy of fighting for safe and healthy workplaces for all California workers.
Admitted to the California Bar (2001); Boalt School of Law (J.D., 2001); University of California, San Diego (UCSD) (B.A., 1994).
Jora is an attorney specializing in employment/labor law and has worked for over 20 years to advance social justice issues affecting marginalized populations. From 1991 to 1996, she worked alongside students and organizers to assist and organize workers in Maquiladora factories, created the first Asian American women's feminist conference and UCSD’s first women of color in activism class, and worked in coalition with students and faculty to petition for a fully funded UCSD’s Women’s Center.
Both before and during her legal career, Jora has shared her passion for social justice through artistic endeavors. Her experiences include touring the country as the Artistic Director of a guerrilla theatre troupe, competing on the Berkeley and Oakland slam poetry circuit while in law school, and serving as a Board Member and performer with liquidFire.
During law school, Jora served as an Equal Justice Fund Fellow for Bay Area Legal Aid, and also clerked at the East Bay Community Law Center and the USF Street Law Program. Following law school, she worked for the law firm of Berg & Parker, LLP. From 2002 to 2005, she worked at Employment Lawyers Group with Robert Lazo, a plaintiff’s side employment and labor law firm. In 2005, Jora formed her own law firm, engaging in civil rights litigation and social justice oriented advocacy work in partnership with other law firms. While in private practice, Jora served as the Program Director for the East Bay VIP Mentors, Inc., assisting youth transitioning out of the California Youth Authority (CYA) and a pro bono staff attorney for the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL).
In 2010, Jora returned to the non-profit world by joining Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) as their Senior Staff Attorney where she was a part of the litigation team for Dukes v. Walmart and Mansourian v. UC Regents. She also served as the Campaign Leader for ERA’s Marginalized Women Worker Campaign.
Admitted to the California bar (2011); University of Denver, Sturn College of Law (J.D., 2010); San Diego State University (B.A., 2004).
Nicole was previously the 2010 - 2012 Ruth Chance Law Fellow with Equal Rights Advocates in San Francisco. Focusing primarily on ERA’s marginalized women worker campaign, she assisted low-wage, monolingual Spanish-speaking Latina clients with legal issues ranging from pregnancy discrimination to wage and hour disputes.
Nicole attended the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, where she was co-president of the Latino Law Student Association and recipient of the Colorado Supreme Court Diversity Fellowship, serving as Legal Fellow to Colorado Supreme Court Justice Martinez. She was also a legal intern with California Rural Legal Assistance, where she participated in field monitoring to ensure grower compliance with labor laws and health and safety standards, California/Federal OSHA health and safety standards, No Child Left Behind Act, and Department of Labor regulations on H-2 A seasonal guest workers.
Fiscal & Operations Coordinator
Brown University (B.A., 2013)
David envisions a world where dignity and security are guaranteed for all people, and our society regenerates rather than depletes the land and oceans. He has been agitating for economic justice for years, primarily with the Student/Farmworker Alliance, a youth solidarity group in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ visionary campaign for farmworker rights. He strongly believes that only powerful people’s movements can ensure the safety and health of workers.
David received his B.A. with honors from Brown University in Environmental Studies, profiling community agriculture and gardening projects in the White Mountain Apache community for his undergraduate thesis. Since graduating he has held a variety of positions advancing the cause of just and sustainable food systems. Until 2015 he coordinated research and operations with Community Grains, an Oakland-based company supporting the growth of a local California grain economy; before that he apprenticed at Pat’s Pastured, a small-scale rotational grazing operation in Rhode Island. He looks forward to continuing to build Worksafe’s relationship with environmental and social justice movements of all stripes.
Toxics Policy Coordinator
University of California at Berkeley (B.S., 1976 and M.S., 1979).
Gail joined Worksafe as Executive Director in 2009. She has worked for various unions, labor support organizations and government agencies on workplace health and safety issues over the last 30 years. This includes occupational safety and health policy, program development, curriculum development, and training in many areas of occupational health, with special interest in disciplines that focus on early detection and elimination of hazards through human factors, process safety, workplace organization, and expanded workers’ rights.
Inspired initially by an internship with the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union (OCAW), she spearheaded the creation of the Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP), which she led from 2004 to 2009 while also working in the Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health. Gail has also worked for the International Chemical Workers Union and the UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program.