We envision a society free of exploitation and oppression, where all people have the resources to live happy lives.
We build power with low wage and immigrant workers across Western Massachusetts. Together we strengthen our communities, organize our workplaces, and take political action to win economic and social change for working people.
The Workers Center has a commitment to building democratic organizations where all workers have a meaningful voice in important decisions. Our own workplace is no exception. All major decisions are voted on by our membership and our member-led Board, which together shape big picture strategy and determine how we use organizational resources. Guided by these priorities, the Workers Center Staff Collective implements the day to day work of coordinating our campaigns and programs.
Claudia Rosales, Executive Director
Unanimously elected by the Worker Center Staff Collective and our board, Claudia Rosales became the new Co-Director for the first time in September of 2021. She first joined our team as Farmworker Organizer in March of 2020. Through this position, she has been instrumental in growing our membership base from 300 to 500, and expanded our COVID-Relief Solidarity Fund. Despite the many challenges of organizing in a pandemic, she met 1-1 with more than 200 workers to discuss their labor conditions and to teach them their rights. Before joining our staff, Claudia was a long-standing member of our Springfield Workers Committee. She also served on our Board of Directors, and was a founding member of the Riquezas del Campo farm cooperative. She was born in El Salvador to a farming family, where she worked for many years. She is intimately familiar with the difficult realities immigrants face in the United States, and she believes in organizing to build a better future.
Ariana (Ari) Keigan, Associate Director
Ari Keigan comes to the Pioneer Valley Workers Center with a wide range of experiences in farming, nonprofit, and community organizing settings. She has woven her commitment to justice throughout her experiences as a local farm worker, domestic violence survivor advocate, and ESL teacher. Ari is committed to building a world of connection, mutual care, and interdependence by way of transformative justice and healing. Her lineage of diasporic Jewish ancestors and her people’s radical traditions motivate and sustain Ari's work. She holds degrees in African American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies from Brandeis University. At the Workers Center, Ari is responsible for grant management, fundraising, and supporting the team with strategic priorities.
Leninn Torres, Lead Community Organizer
After immigrating from Tlaxcala, Mexico and working for more than a decade in the restaurant industry, Leninn began as a volunteer with PVWC’s mutual aid program in 2020. Growing up, Leninn saw his mother struggle to provide her children with consistent healthy meals. His upbringing, immigration journey, and experience in the restaurant industry have led to a deep, personal understanding of food insecurity and the myriad challenges, facing the undocumented immigrant and low-income community in the US. Leninn became a member of PVWC’s staff in the early 2021 and is proud to help to keep the Mutual Aid food distribution program running and growing to serve communities in need in the Pioneer Valley.
Sarah Takasaki, Volunteer and Distribution Coordinator
Sarah comes to the Worker’s Center through working alongside cooperative farm Riquezas del Campo and from a background of work in food service, healthcare, and local farming. She is excited about growing in community as she helps to carry out the monthly mutual aid program La Despensa del Pueblo/The People's Pantry.
Partnerships & Collaboration
Our work is based on a solid foundation of many organizational partnerships.
We also work closely with numerous organizational partners including University of Massachusetts Labor Center, Western MassCOSH, and more!