Message From Workers Defense Board Presidents On Next Co-Executive Director National Search


You recently heard from Co-Executive Director José Garza about his departure to serve as the new Travis County District Attorney. We are proud of what he is already accomplishing there and we are thankful that our work at Workers Defense remains in strong hands — with co-Founder and co-Executive Director Emily Timm continuing to lead the organization. For 15 years, Emily has fought tirelessly alongside our staff and members. At every pivotal moment in our history, she has played a critical role in building Workers Defense into a statewide powerhouse that empowers low-wage construction workers to achieve fair, safe employment. 

To aid us in finding our next co-Executive Director and conducting a successful transition, The Board of Directors has engaged Strategies for Social Change (SSC). SSC is a woman of color-owned and -led capacity building and leadership development practice dedicated to working with social justice organizations nationally. 

Meanwhile, under Emily’s leadership, our work won’t slow down. We are hard at work on our 2021 campaigns to advance workplace justice and immigrants’ rights in Austin, Dallas, and Houston. Of course we are also gearing up for the 87th Texas Legislative Session and with our national allies at the Federal level. 

Thank you for all you do to support our members and to cheer us on as we undertake a national search for our next co-Executive Director. Over the coming weeks, we will share a formal position description and ways that you can help spread the word. With your help, we are confident we will find the right match for this incredible leadership opportunity and ensure a healthy transition to our next chapter.


Parisa Fatehi-Weeks, Workers Defense Project, Board President
Louis Malfaro, Workers Defense Action Fund, Board President