President of the United Steelworkers and a progressive coalition-builder, Leo W. Gerard has been a leader in the fight for union-wage jobs that support middle-class families and their communities. His priorities range from strategic contract bargaining to building political, domestic and international alliances. Leo has educated progressives about the importance of restoring manufacturing jobs and investing in American infrastructure. He has also brought diverse groups together to fight for a clean energy manufacturing economy. He played a leadership role as a founding board member of the Apollo Alliance, one of the first successful efforts to unite environmentalists and unions around a vision of a sustainable economy. And he continues to bring these forces together as co-chair of the Blue-Green Alliance, a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations working to turn today’s environmental challenges into job-creating opportunities.