District Council 57

Council 57 Welcomes New Board Member: Ingrid Bella

AFSCME Local 101 member Ingrid Bella recently joined the Executive Board for Council 57 after the delegates overwhelmingly voted to have her fill a vacant board seat in July.

The board position was left vacant after Local 1684 member Drew Redden was hired as the Business Agent for Humboldt County earlier this year.

We recently caught up with Bella to find out what are her goals as a new board member.

Q: Tell us a little bit more about yourself.

A: I am currently a Program Administrator in the Workforce Development Unit at the Santa Clara Valley Water District. I have been at the district for 12 years. I am a member of the Employee's Association, which is the second largest chapter at AFSCME Local 101. I have served as Chief Steward for eight years, served as Vice President for a term, and I am currently an Assistant Chief Steward. I have served on the Local 101 Executive Board as Secretary for six years. I am also an AFSCME Strong Trainer.

Q. Why are you proud of the work you do?

A: Whether it is in my regular job or my Union work, I love to help people be successful. I am proud that I have the respect of my fellow members and that they trust me to fight for their rights and interests. I have been able to help my brothers and sisters through contract negotiations (two contacts), numerous grievances and even saving one of my sister's job. I look forward to continuing to fight and advocate for our members’ interests through my service on the Council 57 Executive Board.

Q: What made you want to get involved as a board member?

A: It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve at the Chapter- and Local-level. I am known for my problem-solving skills and my ability to collaborate with others. I serve as the Chair of BAYWORK, which is a consortium of 29 Bay Area Water and Wastewater Utilities working on workforce reliability. I know that we face many challenges as well as opportunities at the Council-level, and I would like to bring my experience, skills and efforts to help in any way I can. I have strong analytical and strategic thinking skills that I think will serve the Executive Board well. I have a particular interest in the training and development of our members.

Q: Why do you never quit?

A: I strongly believe that when one door closes, there is always a window that opens. I believe there always has to be a way, so you can't quit. Quitting is not an option.

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