Tom Chamberlain was elected President of the Oregon AFL-CIO by a unanimous vote of the Executive Board in October of 2005. He was reelected in 2007, 2011.
A native Oregonian, Tom grew up in a home where, he says, “the difference between cold cereal for breakfast and cold cereal for dinner was a union job.” Working in service to Oregonians, and unions, run equally deep in Tom’s family, starting with his great-grandfather who began working as a Portland Police Officer in 1883. Tom has been a member of Firefighters Local 43 for more than 30 years.
Following a stint in the United States Air Force, Tom joined the Portland Fire Fighters Association in 1977. His local union elected him Secretary-Treasurer in 1988 and he served in that capacity for 10 years. Tom started lobbying full-time for the Oregon State Firefighters Council in 1989 and was subsequently elected Vice President (1994-96 and 1998-2003) and then President (1996-98) of the organization.
In 1998 Local 43, the firefighters’ biggest Oregon local, elected Tom to succeed (former Portland City Commissioner) Randy Leonard as President. He was re-elected in 2001. From 1998-2003 Tom also served as an IAFF Field Representative, providing recourses and support to local unions throughout Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and Nevada. Governor Ted Kulongoski appointed Tom to act as a senior policy advisor in 2004, a position he held until running to serve as President of the Oregon AFL-CIO. Tom is married to Vickie Chamberlain and lives in Portland. They have three children and five grandchildren.
A union member and labor educator for more than 30 years, Barbara Byrd came to the Oregon AFL-CIO with significant relationships with many Oregon unions and knowledge about their histories, challenges and the resources they bring to the larger union movement.
Barbara oversees workforce and economic development policy issues for the Oregon AFL-CIO. She represents the organization in state level discussions about economic and workforce development, climate change policy and in a wide variety of blue-green conversations. She serves on the Oregon Workforce Investment Board and the Advisory Council of the Oregon Employment Department. She also staffs the Oregon BlueGreen Apollo Alliance, a coalition of labor, business, environmental and social justice organizations.
Barbara teaches at the Labor Education and Research Center of the University of Oregon. She also helps deliver leadership and organizational development training as part of the national AFL-CIO’s Central Labor Council/State Federation program.
Barbara has a Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of Texas, and an M.S. in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts. She is a member of United Academics of the University of Oregon, AFT/AAUP.
- Graham Trainor, Chief of Staff
- Jess Giannettino Villatoro, Political Director
- Russell Sanders, Communications Director
- Mark Warne, Workforce Liaison
- Emily Sahler, Office Manager
- Chelsea Watson, Political Organizer
- Alma Raya, Organizer
- Evan Lasley, Regional Field Staff
- Phil Carrasco, Regional Field Staff