Board of Directors

Rev. Norman Copeland, Chair

Senior Pastor, St. Paul A.M.E. Church (Ret.)

Rev. Copeland is the Chair of the Board of Directors at CLUE. He recently retired from serving as a Senior Pastor at St. Paul A.M.E. Church and as a former Elder in the A.M.E. Tradition. His dedication to social justice has placed him on the picket lines for worker rights at the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), as well as workers in the hotel, grocery store, and janitorial industries.  He has long been active in the civil rights struggle and is a member of many organizations working for economic justice. He has been recognized more than 500 times for a lifetime of service to his community.


Rev. Jim Conn, Development Committee Chair

Pastor, United Methodist Church (Ret.)

Rev. Conn chairs the development committee for the CLUE board of directors and is a member of its  Resources Council. He is now retired after four decades of service to the United Methodist Church as a minister. His political activism work has focused on social justice in the area human services. He is also the founder of two dozen social services agencies that provided everything from from preschool programs to homeless housing.  He is a regular contributor to Capital & Main.


Rev. Francisco García, Treasurer

Rector, Holy Faith Episcopal Church, Inglewood

Rev. García is the Rector at Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Inglewood. He was a part of the labor movement for 12 years, where he worked for three different unions as an organizer, negotiator, and campaign director. He is passionate about labor, racial and economic justice, immigrant and LGBTQ rights, and all forms of inclusion. Rev. García is a member of several boards and organizations, including those devoted to gun violence prevention, Christian and Muslim relations, and inter-religious councils.


Mary Ann Swenson, Personnel Committee Chair

Bishop, United Methodist Church (Ret.)

Bishop Swenson began her career serving Methodist churches across the country as youth minister, associate pastor and pastor. She also held a variety of leadership roles within both the church and her local communities. Bishop Swenson was elected to the episcopacy by the Western Jurisdictional Conference in 1992 and assigned to the Denver Area. In 2000, she moved to the California-Pacific Annual Conference and served there until her retirement. She now heads the personnel committee of the CLUE board of directors.


Glynndana Shevlin

Labor Leader, UNITE HERE; Worker, Walt Disney Co.

Ms. Shevlin is a Disneyland shop steward who puts her faith in worker rights through active participation in her union. She holds a board position at UNITE HERE Local 11 and also is a member of the CLUE board of directors. In both positions, she sees her duty as working to bring justice and dignity to her coworkers. She has also been active in the Orange County Labor Federation, helping working families to improve their economic position and make strides for good working conditions. 


Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen

Professor, American Jewish University; Rabbi in Residence, Bend The Arc

Rabbi Cohen is professor of rabbinic literature at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University. Cohen is also the Rabbi in Residence at Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. Cohen’s latest book is Justice in the City: An Argument from the Sources of Rabbinic Judaism (Academic Studies Press). His vision for economic justice, which is deeply rooted in Jewish sources, and is inspired by Rev. Martin Luther King’s call for nonviolent direct action, has led him to protest for the rights of income workers, resulting in several arrests.


Mary Stancavage

Director, Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society

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Ms. Stancavage has practiced meditation, yoga, and cultivated a spiritual practice for more than 30 years. She has taught meditation at recovery centers in Los Angeles, has co-facilitated Year-to-Live groups since 2008, and has a weekly class at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. She completed the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at the Sati Center and served as volunteer chaplain at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. In addition, Mary has M.A. from UCLA. She also worked as an archaeologist in the Middle East.


Rabbi Steve Einstein

Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation B'nai Tzedek

Rabbi Einstein is the founding rabbi emeritus of Congregation B’nai Tzedek. His passion for contributing to his community led him to become chairman of the Fountain Valley Regional Hospital board, a chaplain for the Fountain Valley Police Department, and president of the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council. H has been widely recognized for his work in Jewish learning and human relations.


Father Mike Gutierrez

Pastor, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

Father Gutierrez is pastor at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Baldwin Park. Throughout his career, he has been a passionate advocate of worker rights, adding his moral gravitas and has speaking truth to management's power in hotel worker justice struggles and negotiations. He believes in the Catholic principle that emphasizes the morality of social and economic justice debates, and he continually incorporates that view into his service.


Betty Hung, Esq.

National Poor People's Campaign

Ms. Hung has most recently been affiliated with the National Poor People's Campaign. Before that, she was policy director at Asian-Americans Advancing Justice, which she joined in 2012. She is also an attorney, graduated from Yale Law School in 1997. She works for justice in immigrant rights, racial discrimination, education equity, workers' rights and criminal justice reform. She has been a member of several boards, including the Long Beach Immigration Rights Coalition, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Los Angeles Black Workers' Center. She has been recognized for her work by the National Lawyers Guild and Sexual Assault Crisis Agency.


Richard Zaldivar

Founder and President, The Wall Las Memorias Project

Mr. Zaldivar is the founder and executive director of The Wall Las Memorias Project, which is dedicated to promoting wellness and illness prevention among the Latino populations affected by HIV/AIDS. He is an energetic advocate for HIV/AIDS education and prevention, but remains sensitive to all spiritual and religious beliefs. His dedication to the fight for social and health justice empowers the community in East Los Angeles and throughout the city. He has received wide recognition for his work toward a better, healthier future for all Latinos.


Rev. Sarah Halverson-Cano

Senior Pastor, Fairview Community Church, Costa Mesa

Rev. Halverson-Cano is the senior pastor at Fairview Community Church in Costa Mesa, Orange County. She has been a longtime advocate for the rights of LGBTQ people, low-wage workers, and immigrants. She works tirelessly to build bridges among different faiths, and she has been recognized throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties for her work with the Orange County Labor Federation, the Los Angeles chapter of the Council for American-Islamic Relations, and the Orange County Human Relations Committee.


Najeeba Syeed

Professor, Claremont School of Theology

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Ms. Syeed is associate professor of interreligious education at Claremont School of Theology, and director of the Center for Global Peacebuilding. She is recognized as a leader in peacebuilding and social justice-based research. She has been widely recognized for her peacebuilding work and has chaired national interfaith peacebuilding conferences. She has served as an on the ground peace interventionist in conflicts around the globe. She was formerly the executive director of the Western Justice Center Foundation founded by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dorothy Nelson. Before that, she was executive director of the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center.


Ali Tweini

Executive Board Member, Teamsters Local 2010

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Mr. Tweini is a revenue analyst for the UCLA Health System, a position he has held since 2011. Before that, he was a vice-president in the board of directors at Cedars-Sinai Federal Credit Union. He has long been active in the fight for workers rights, and he is a member of the co-chair of the political committee of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 2010. He is also a member of the Teamsters 2010 executive board. He is committed to fighting for workers' place at the decision-making table.

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