Leadership

D. Beth Griffith — Board Chair & Executive Director

D. Beth Griffith, GIP™ is a Servant Leader with a demonstrated history of working in Nonprofit Organizations, Training, Project Management, Team Building, and Public Speaking. She is an internationally certified Green Infrastructure Practitioner and one of the few Afro-Latina women with this designation. Her passion is teaching, community organizing and giving back. She has 17 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has taught workshops at Suffolk University about entrepreneurship for women of color, co-hosted webinars showcasing the benefits of owning a business, and makes appearances on the Black Community Information Center’s Drumbeat Radio show.

Felipe V. Martinez — Board Member 

Felipe is a board member of BIDG. He is a happily married father of two boys, Felipe and Anthony, and a self-employed small business owner turned rideshare driver.  After driving full-time to support his family, Felipe learned how rideshare drivers have no representation and are being treated unfairly.  Despite having no experience with organizing, he has learned to channel his deeply-felt solidarity with other drivers into a humble yet effective approach to doing the right thing for his fellow rideshare drivers.

Henry De Groot — Board Member

Henry De Groot has been driving Uber and Lyft since 2019. He is pursuing his Masters in Labor Studies at UMass Amherst, where he has focused on the rideshare industry. He joined BIDG because he believes that every worker has a right to a union.

Mutwaly Hamid — Board Member

Mutwaly is a resident of Lynn and an immigrant from Sudan who has been driving for both Uber and Lyft since March 2017. Mutwaly joined BIDG because he wanted to fight for rideshare drivers’ rights. He believes that drivers are the backbone of these transportation companies and deserve better treatment, and he will not stop organizing until every driver gets paid fairly and is respected by Uber, Lyft, and the costumers.

Bill Okerman — Advisory Member

Bill Okerman is a Massachusetts-based workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, and anti-corruption activist. In addition to being a community ally of and serving as a board member of BIDG, he is a board member of the Needham Area Immigration Justice Task Force and the point person for the Task Force’s wage theft initiative. He has also been a member of and served on the boards of a number of other local nonprofits. Prior to becoming an activist, he worked for many years in the tech industry.

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