Before coming to the Labor Center, Sarah was the Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington. She was also an adjunct faculty member teaching classes on labor research and women and work. In the mid-1990s, she was a graduate student in the Program in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, where she was also an instructor and an organizer with the Graduate Student Organizing Congress, an affiliate of the NEA/AFT. After leaving graduate school she became a field representative with the University Professional and Technical Employees (Local 9119 of the Communication Workers of America) in San Francisco, and in 2002 moved to Seattle to work as a researcher with Service Employees International Union Local 925. She joined the Labor Center staff in 2007 as the Labor Educator for Union and Community Women, and became the Director in 2010.
Darby Frye, Labor Educator
Darby grew up in coastal South Carolina and was first exposed to labor education through her involvement with Just Economics, a community organization and living wage campaign in Western North Carolina. In 2012, she moved to Massachusetts to pursue a Master's Degree in Labor Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her studies included the history and practice of labor education, particularly popular education methodology.
Darby did communications and organizing work with the Massachusetts Early Childhood Educators Union, a non-traditional statewide organizing campaign. She is happy to be in Seattle and looks forward to growing roots in the community and enacting her commitment to labor education and the empowerment of working people.
Laura Crandall, Program Coordinator
Laura has a wide variety of work experience as a printer, a theater lighting technician and, most recently, as a school principal. She has worked in the Netherlands, the UK, and on both US coasts, and has been a union member for part of her working life.
Laura is a graduate student in Seattle University’s Master of Public Administration program. Her focus is on government, and her main interest is policy. Laura recognizes that the work of the Labor Center is vital to all workers in Washington State and intends to bring the labor movement perspective into her graduate work.