Martin J. Bennett is a Research and Policy Analyst for UNITE HERE 2850, a union representing restaurant, hotel, gaming, and food service workers in the East and North Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. He is one of the founders and former Executive Director of North Bay Jobs with Justice, a community-labor coalition of 24 unions and community-based organizations affiliated with the national Jobs with Justice network. He is also one of the founders of the North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP), a faith-based community-organizing project in Sonoma County affiliated with the Gamaliel Foundation, and he served on the NBOP Leadership Council.
In addition, he is past president of the SRJC/California Federation of Teachers Local 1946 and he served as a board member of Sonoma County Conservation Action. He writes regularly about labor and civil rights issues for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Sonoma Gazette, Petaluma Argus-Courier, BeyondChron, California Labor Federation Labor’s Edge and other print and online publications.