Brad Markell

Executive Director, AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council and Working for America Institute

Brad Markell (he/him) serves as the Executive Director of both the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council and the Working for America Institute. He also leads the federation’s climate and energy policy work, and is a cleared trade advisor for the AFL-CIO.

Prior to the AFL-CIO, Brad worked for the UAW, where he represented the union during the negotiations for the 2009 and 2012 tailpipe emissions standards, helped develop and pass the legislation establishing DOE’s ATVM program, and participated in several rounds of national bargaining in the automobile, aerospace and heavy-truck industries.

Brad’s board and committee service on behalf of the labor movement has included the Biden-Harris transition team, the Labor and Employment Relations Association, the National Academy of Engineering, the Export-Import Bank Advisory Council, the Carbon Capture Coalition, the Michigan Climate Action Council, and the International Labor Organization’s Expert Committee on Just Transition.

Brad has degrees from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. He joined the UAW in 1976 and is a member of Local 14 in Toledo, Ohio.

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