Your Leadership

From the shop floor to the picket line to the bargaining table, our leadership team has seen it all—and understands that true organizing takes smarts and guts. As forces gather to roll back the gains we’ve won through our blood and sweat, we’re fighting for a better future for you and your communities.

John Grant


(213) 201-7108

Simply put: John’s blood flows blue and gold. Meat packer. Shop steward. Picket captain. Union rep. In-house counsel. President. There is not a single part of union organizing John hasn’t seen up close since joining UFCW 770 as a Packing member in 1976. Today, he is ready to lead our union forward through this critical moment in the long march for dignity and democracy. His commitment to working people extends across the city we call home as champion of safety and health protections and low-cost housing for working families.

Kathy Finn


(213) 201-7113

Before she even stepped out of law school, Kathy Finn began fighting for the rights of working people. Since 1990, she’s brought that grit and dedication to UFCW 770 workers. With a passion for protecting the health and pension benefits of our members, she currently serves as a trustee on the Southern California UFCW Health & Welfare Fund and the Pension Fund. Kathy also sits at the bargaining table during contract negations to ensure our members get the benefits we deserve.

Cheryl Butler


(213) 487-7070

Lavanza “Cheryl” Butler worked as a head pharmacist at Rite Aid from 1980 to 2002, where she strove to keep working Angelenos healthy. She then joined UFCW 770 as Vice President, with a focus on keeping the benefits and rights of our members in perfect health. Cheryl is currently a member of the California State Board of Pharmacy, the Professional Pharmacist Division Executive Board and the NAACP.

Rigo Valdez

Director of Organizing

(213) 201-7120

Rigo is responsible for making sure UFCW 770 harnesses the full power of its 30,000 members. In addition to overseeing all organizing activities, he has a special commitment for our most vulnerable co-workers. He serves as a commission on the Los Angeles County Immigrant Protection Advancement Taskforce and a proud founding member of UFCW’s OUTreach – a group dedicated to fighting for full equality for LGBTQ workers on and off the clock.

Paul Edwards

Director of Training and Development

(213) 201-7119

When it comes to protecting the rights of working Californians, Paul doesn’t back down. For 15 years, Paul served as a UFCW 770 union rep, where he worked in union shops across Southern California to fight back against employers who threatened the rights of workers. He currently oversees all union reps at our union.

Nam Le

Director, Political and Civil Rights Department, Vice President

(213) 201-7128

With 17 years of experience in political campaigning, Nam Le is committed to one thing: winning for working people.  From day one, he has been committed to ensuring politics is used for the good of development, housing, and labor. Prior to joining our union, Nam served as a district director for California Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally from South L.A. There his passion for policy and people blossomed. Nam is also Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Los Angeles, AFL-CIO.

Mike Shimpock

Director of Communications

Before joining Local 770 as Communications Director, Mike Shimpock spent nearly 25 years as a political campaign consultant and strategist. He worked on hundreds of campaigns, including those for statewide, congressional, legislative, and local candidates, and on initiatives at nearly all levels of government. He headed 770’s landmark defeat of WalMart in Inglewood, served as the Southern California grocery worker communications strategist and spokesperson, and was the consultant for Prop D in Los Angeles, among others. As UFCW 770’s communications consultant since 2005, he headed public and member outreach for contract campaigns, led strategic development for legislative and political strategies, and conducted public information campaigns on behalf of the union. He moved over full-time to Local 770 in January 2018.

Danny Garcia

Field Director, Vice President

(213) 201-7143

Your Reps

When it comes to protecting your rights, we don’t back down. Your rep is your resource when you feel you’re getting a bad deal—on or off the job. Got a problem? Let’s solve it. Get in touch.


Jess Steever

(213) 880-1555

Reyna Martinez

(805) 481-5661 ext 7426

Rhonda Fisher-Ivie

(805) 481-5661 ext 7427

David Quezada

(213) 201-7148

Danny Garcia

(213) 201-7143

Jill Whitney

(805) 437-7252

Dena Weston

(213) 201-7139

Darren Verastegui

(213) 201-7137

Jean Tong

(805) 437-7253

Ron Solano

(213) 201-7020

Tim Shoemake

(213) 201-7145

Linda Saboor

(213) 201-7147

Michael Rosales

(213) 201-7136

Tracey Richardson

(213) 201-7144

Michael Palos

(213) 201-7149

Kim Mosher

(213) 201-7146

Mercedes Medrano

(213) 201-7151

Cindie McGinnis

(800) 832-9770 ext 7602

Richard Lovato

(805) 437-7254

Patti Green

(805) 437-7243

Jackie Gitmed

(213) 201-7024

Samantha Christian

(213) 201-7141

Lily Cervantes

(213) 201-7140

Cheryl Butler

(213) 201-7142

Dalia Benavente

(805) 437-7256

Armando Espinoza

(213) 201-7150

Eileen Alcala

(213) 201-7138

Eric Aviles

(213) 201-7051