Marcy Goldstein-Gelb

Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, Co-Executive Director of National COSH since 2016, has been a leader and strategist in the occupational safety and health and economic justice movements for over twenty-five years.   Ms. Goldstein-Gelb also serves on the faculty of the Harvard Trade Union Program at Harvard University Law School.   Her work has been devoted to engaging and impacting workers most impacted by dangerous working conditions- lower wage, workers of color, immigrants, women and youth.  

She serves on the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Work, Health, & Well-being Policy Working Group and the National Academy of Social Insurance’s Study Panel on Workers’ Compensation.

Ms. Goldstein-Gelb has co-authored numerous groundbreaking studies highlighting the intersection of occupational health and safety with other urgent public health epidemics, – including sexual harassment,  immigration  and  obesity.   Prior to her work at National COSH, as executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), she developed and founded Teens Lead @ Work, a youth-led initiative devoted to ending child labor abuses, and the Immigrant Worker Center, which engages immigrants as leaders in advocating for safe, just working conditions and protective policies. By building the leadership of youth and immigrants in solidarity with union and community activists, MassCOSH has been able to win workplace campaigns and pass groundbreaking laws such as new Massachusetts Child Labor Law reforms, temporary worker protections and the state’s first safety protections for public employees.

A frequent speaker at conferences and events, Ms. Goldstein-Gelb has written columns for the Progressive and has been widely quoted in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and many other mainstream and ethnic media outlets.   She holds a Masters degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University, with a special focus on program development and community-based education.