Brendan Smith

Brendan Smith is an ocean farmer and co-founder of the Labor Network for Sustainability. He worked previously for Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as a senior legislative aide, staff on the U.S. House Banking Committee and campaign director. After leaving Congress Smith became organizing director for the National Alliance for Fair Employment and co-director of UCLA Law School’s Globalization and Labor Standards Project. He later co-founded Global Labor Strategies, a resource center focused on the impact of China, globalization and climate change. Over the years he has also worked for the AFL-CIO, SEIU, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, and other organizations on issues ranging from just transition for coal miners and sustainable food policy to defending labor rights in China and anti-sweatshop campaigns in Indonesia. He is co-author of two books, Globalization From Below and In the Name of Democracy. His commentary has appeared in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and National Geographic and his work has been profiled by The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, CBS, BBC and elsewhere. He is a graduate of Cornell Law School.