SENIOR INSTRUCTOR & PORTLAND CENTER COORDINATOR
Barbara Byrd coordinates LERC's activities in Portland, including program development and training with unions. Prior to joining the faculty at LERC in 1995, she spent 8 years as the Chair of the City College of San Francisco's Labor Studies and Apprenticeship Department.
Byrd conducts research on regional power building by labor-community coalitions, apprenticeship training in the building trades, women in non-traditional jobs, and innovations in adult education pedagogy. She also consults with the national AFL-CIO on leadership development for state and local labor leaders.
Byrd has published articles on women in construction apprenticeship and higher education issues, as well as a manual for teaching stewards. Her most recent publication focuses on the dynamics of coalition building in Seattle and Buffalo.
Primary teaching areas include grievance handling, steward training, communications and leadership skills. She is also called on to facilitate strategic planning sessions and staff retreats.
Byrd received a Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of Texas in 1988, and an M.S. in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1978.
In March 2006 she was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Oregon AFL-CIO. She is a member of AFT Local 2277.
[ See Curriculum Vitae for publications and activities ]