Darlene Lombos is President and principal officer of the Greater Boston Labor Council (GBLC) and the first woman and person of color to be elected in this top leadership position. Darlene took office in 2000 and was reelected to a second term in 2024. The GBLC represents over 100,000 union members and their families within 24 cities and towns in the region, and has as its primary mission to build power for workers and progressive allies to advance our movement for social, economic and racial justice.
Darlene is the former Executive Director of Community Labor United (CLU), a partnership of unions and community organizations that has successfully moved strategic campaigns to protect and promote the interests of working class families and communities of color in Greater Boston. In 2008, CLU formed the Green Justice Coalition (GJC) in order to build a broader base of support for a sustainable, equitable, and clean energy economy in Massachusetts.
Darlene has been organizing around various community issues since 1996, including police accountability and home daycare justice at Direct Action for Rights and Equality in Providence, RI as well as transportation equity, gentrification and displacement, and education reform at Sisters in Action for Power in Portland, OR. She brings nearly 30 years' experience in community and youth organizing, leadership development and coalition- building to this work.