Sharon Block is the Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, which is Harvard’s forum for research and teaching on the world of work and its implications for society. Prior to coming to Harvard Law School in 2017, she was the head of the policy office at the U.S. Department of Labor and Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Labor.
For twenty years, Block has held key labor policy positions across the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Early in her career she worked as an attorney at the National Labor Relations Board, and returned to the NLRB in 2012 when she was appointed to serve as a member of the Board by President Obama. She was senior labor and employment counsel to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee under Senator Edward Kennedy, playing a central role in the debate over the major legislation related to collective bargaining, occupational safety and health, pay equity and workplace standards.
She has held senior positions in the U.S. Department of Labor throughout her career. Recently, as head of the policy office at the Department of Labor, Block hosted the Department's three-day symposium on the Future of Work and oversaw DOL’s regulatory program. While serving in the Obama White House, Block led the historic White House Summit on Worker Voice.
Block serves on a number of labor-related board and advisory committees, including as a board member of JUST Capital and the National Employment Labor Project, advisory committee member for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Education and Research Center, member of the Economic Policy Institute Perkins Project Advisory Committee, member of the Massachusetts Attorney General Labor Advisory Committee and member of the Higher Quality Jobs Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In addition, she is a frequent contributor to Democracy Magazine’s Briefing Book blog and OnLabor.org.
Block received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she received the John F. Kennedy Labor Law Award.
Benjamin Sachs is the Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry at Harvard Law School, and a leading expert in the field of labor law and labor relations. He is also the Faculty Co-Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School.
Professor Sachs teaches courses in labor law, employment law, and law and social change, and his writing focuses on union organizing and unions in American politics.
Prior to joining the Harvard faculty in 2008, Professor Sachs was the Joseph Goldstein Fellow at Yale Law School. From 2002-2006, he served as Assistant General Counsel of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Washington, D.C., and from 1999-2002 he was an attorney at Make the Road by Walking, a membership-based community organization in Brooklyn, NY.
Professor Sachs graduated from Yale Law School in 1998, and served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. His writing has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the New York Times and elsewhere.
In 2007, Professor Sachs received the Yale Law School teaching award. He is also the 2013 recipient of the Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching Excellence at Harvard Law School, and the 2015 winner of the Charles Fried Intellectual Diversity Award.