Leadership

Felipe V. Martinez — Board Chair 

Felipe is the Board Chair 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 & Executive Director

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.

%d bloggers like this: