Heidi was 12 when she firmly decided what her calling was. She would end up in the legal field. She knew her passion was to help people the way she wished someone would have guided her parents – immigrants from El Salvador. Heidi’s parents worked hard and raised their daughter to value the community and to be of service to others.
Heidi excelled at her studies, which earned her a scholarship to Hofstra University in Long Island, NY. She soon graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Sociology and Psychology. Later on, in Houston, she learned the ropes of the trade at a personal injury law firm. She didn’t mind the countless hours and the strenuous work. Knowing that she was providing help to the overwhelming number of affected individuals at any time of the day was worth it.
Today, Heidi is easily making the transition into the Teamsters family. The union work resonates with the passion in her heart. “The work of a good lawyer reminds me of the work of a labor organization because it is all about advocating for people,” she mentioned. One of her goals is to continue with her education and become a lawyer.
Welcome aboard, Heidi. We wish you the best of luck and are happy to have you on the team!
Welcome to our new Teamster staff member Vanessa Lamb!
Before starting with Teamsters, Vanessa worked as an Administrator for the WA State Building and Construction Trades Council Pre-Apprenticeship & Construction Education (PACE), a training program focused on preparing people for construction careers.
We are excited to have Vanessa on our team, and we wish her the best of luck!
We’re proud to welcome Scott Bailey Clifthorne to our staff!
Negotiating for Teamsters is not new to Scott. Since 2017, he has helped us negotiate contracts with ABM, SP+, Seattle Times (Pressman), Pierce County, and Spicers Paper. Now he is coming aboard as a full-time member of the team.
Scott grew up in South Seattle, earning his BA at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma before moving on to earn a Masters degree at the University of California, San Diego. At UCSD, Scott became active with his union, the UAW. After serving as a Steward, he went on to serve as both President and Financial Secretary of his statewide local.
Since returning to Washington, he has worked with the American Association of University Professors and the Washington Federation of State Employees (AFSCME Council 28). He currently lives in Olympia where he serves as a School Board Director (District 5). Scott is thrilled to bring his experience as an elected official, organizer, and negotiator to Teamsters 117!