David Foster is the Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy. From 1989-2006, Foster served as Director of United Steelworkers District 11, a 13-state region spanning from Minnesota to Washington State and Alaska. From 1990-2006, he served on USW’s International Executive Board governing union affairs in the U.S. and Canada. His responsibilities included negotiating with many of the country’s largest steel, iron ore and aluminum companies.
For the past 20 years, Foster has been among the labor movement’s leading environmental advocates. He was chair of the USW’s International Executive Board task force on environmental policy and vigorously worked to bridge the divide between workers and environmentalists in the Northwest and throughout the United States. In 2008, David Foster was one of two inaugural winners of the Peter A. A. Berle Environmental Integrity Award, alongside James E. Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The award recognizes demonstrated courage and integrity in defense of the environment by public officials and private citizens in the United States. In 2004, Foster was awarded the Jane Lehman Bagley Award from the Tides Foundation for his work building labor-environmental coalitions in the United States.
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