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Marcy Goldstein-Gelb and Jessica Martinez to Serve as Co- Directors of National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Press Contacts: 

Roger Kerson, 734.645.0535, roger@nationalcosh.org
For immediate release, September 7, 2016

SAN DIEGO – After an extensive search, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) – the nation’s leading worker health and safety advocacy organization – announced today that Marcy Goldstein-Gelb and Jessica Martinez will serve as the group’s co-executive directors.
   
Goldstein-Gelb has served since 1999 as executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH). Martinez has been acting executive director at National COSH since 2015, and previously served as the organization’s deputy director.

National COSH brings together the efforts of local worker health and safety coalitions in communities across the United States. “Effective advocacy for safer workplaces is critical for both union and non-union workers – and for those on temporary assignments, undocumented workers and other vulnerable populations,” said Barbara Rahke, chair of the National COSH Board of Directors and executive director of the Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health (PhilaPOSH). “In addition, support and training for local union health and safety committees has long been a priority for local COSH groups.”

“Every year, more than 4,500 U.S. workers die from traumatic events on the job, nearly 100,000 die from long-term illness, and more than three million workers suffer from non-fatal injuries and illnesses,” said Rahke. “That’s why we’re so thrilled to have two dynamic women take on key leadership roles at National COSH. Marcy and Jessica have both been recognized by their peers for outstanding achievements in the field of occupational safety and health. Their on-the-ground experience and passion for workplace justice will be great assets for our movement to empower workers so we can reduce death, illness and injury on the job.”

During her years at MassCOSH, Goldstein-Gelb helped establish the organization as a leading statewide voice for worker safety, leading campaigns to win new laws and regulations to ban hazardous workplace chemicals, win new protections for temporary workers, and improve safety standards for public employees.

In 2005, Goldstein-Gelb was recognized by the American Public Health Association (APHA) with its Lorin Kerr Award, which honors outstanding efforts to improve the lives of workers. In 2009, she was recognized by National COSH with its Tony Mazzocchi Award, named for the legendary union health and safety pioneer who helped spearhead passage of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970.  Marcy holds a Masters in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University, with a special focus on program development and community-based education.
   
Prior to joining National COSH, Martinez served as a health and safety program coordinator at the Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) at the University of California at Los Angeles and also at the Southern California Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (SoCalCOSH). 

In 2014, Martinez was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, representing safety professionals. She has been awarded the Peace and Social Justice Award by the Southern California Institute for Popular Education (IDEPSCA) and – along with Goldstein-Gelb – is a past winner of APHA’s Lorin Kerr Award. Martinez holds a B.A. in International Development Studies from UCLA and a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois, Chicago School of Public Health.

Goldstein-Gelb and Martinez will begin their new positions as co-executive directors on September 19th.  Martinez will remain based in San Diego, California.  Goldstein-Gelb, who will be based on Boston, will begin working for National COSH on a part-time basis in September and assume her full responsibilities on November 1.

National COSH advocates for comprehensive regulation of workplace hazards; legislation to create safer workplaces; prompt and effective investigations of workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities; and the right of workers to participate in creating safe and healthy working environments.

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