Gerard named to Highmark Health board of directors

Leo Gerard, a former international president of the United Steel Worker of America, has been named to the board of directors of Highmark Health effective immediately.

As international president, Gerard championed many international alliances and worldwide networks which resulted in the formation of the first trans-Atlantic union and the historic founding of the Industrial Global Union, a federation that includes more than 50 million workers in 140 countries. In 2013, Gerard was appointed by the Obama administration to the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee to create jobs and enhance the nation’s competitiveness.

“Leo has spent his lifetime fighting to preserve and create safe, union-wage jobs for USW members and their families through policy, advocacy, and collaboration,” stated Joseph Guyaux, chairman of the board, Highmark Health. “Leo brings to the board that same level of dedication, passion, and commitment to improving the quality of life in our region, and we are grateful to have him join us in our journey to transform health care.”

Gerard is a co-founder of the Blue Green Alliance, the 11-year-old labor-environmental partnership. He also serves on the boards of the Campaign for America’s Future, the Economic Policy Institute and the Elderly Housing Development & Operations Corp. and the labor advisory board at Wayne State University in Detroit. He also chairs the advisory board of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.