OFFICERS

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Rick Levy

PRESIDENT

rick@texasaflcio.org

Rick Levy is the President of the Texas AFL-CIO, a position he was elected to in 2017. Previously, he held the position of secretary-treasurer from 2015-2017. Levy began working for the state federation in 1990, first as Legal Director and subsequently as General Counsel.  In that capacity, Rick has represented the State Federation in a broad variety of matters, including numerous legislative and political campaigns to protect and advance the rights of workers in Texas.  As President, Rick is focused on helping to build a broader, bolder and more inclusive labor movement, emphasizing and elevating the principle of solidarity to be at the core of the effort. Levy has been a member of TSEU/CWA 6186 since 1986 and is also a member of Ironworkers Local 482.

 
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MontSERRAT GaRIBAY

Secretary-Treasurer

montserrat@texasaflcio.org

Montserrat Garibay is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO. Previously, she served as Vice President for Certified Employees with Education Austin. An activist on education and immigration issues, Garibay came to the U.S. from Mexico City as an undocumented immigrant and became a citizen 20 years later. She has been instrumental in promoting opportunities for all students, including those from immigrant families. She promoted passage of the Texas version of the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform. A bilingual pre-kindergarten teacher for eight years, Garibay has strongly supported early childhood education. Among her other roles: former President of LULAC Council 4859, Texas AFT “Super Advocate” in 2011 and member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Garibay is a UT-Austin graduate. 

OUR UNION TEAM

JOE ARABIE

FIELD EDUCATION & RESEARCH

joe@texasaflcio.org

LEE FORBES

HUMAN RELATIONS DIRECTOR

lee@texasaflcio.org

REne Lara

Legislative Director

rene@texasaflcio.org

Mark MAldonado

Digital Strategist 

mark@texasaflcio.org

JEFF ROTKOFF

Campaigns Director

jeff@texasaflcio.org

KARA SHEEHAN

Field Organizer

kara@texasaflcio.org

ED SILLS

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

ed@texasaflcio.org

Emily Speight

Accountant

emily@texasaflcio.org

MAria Thomas

Administrative Assistant

maria@texasaflcio.org

NORA YEPEZ

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

nora@texasaflcio.org