Board of Directors
Damayan´s highest policy-making body is the General Assembly (GA). Convened annually, it is composed of the dues-paying and voting members of the organization. It is responsible for approving the program for the coming year and elects the Board of Directors (BOD).
In between assemblies, the BOD leads the planning and implementation of the organization’s programs and campaigns. It consists of nine dedicated Filipina domestic worker leaders, and meets every other month.
In between BOD meetings, the Secretariat guides the day-to-day work of the organization along with the Damayan staff members. The Chair, Secretary and Treasurer constitute the Secretariat.
Board of Directors 2017-18
Chairperson; Trafficking Survivor
Deputy Chairperson; Trafficking Survivor
Secretary; Trafficking Survivor
Finance Committee Head; Trafficking Survivor
Founding Member and Executive Director
Linda Oalican discovered her passion for serving the marginalized sectors as a student activist in the University of the Philippines at the height of the Marcos dictatorship in the 1970s. She later became a community and labor organizer, but had to shelve her organizing work to focus on supporting her children to go to college. She migrated to the US eighteen years ago to help ensure her family’s economic survival and became a domestic worker in New York City. In 2002, Linda became one of the founding members of Damayan, has been with Damayan since its founding and currently serves as its Overall Coordinator. Linda became a Union Square Awardee in 2004, and was awarded the Leading With Love – Dedication Award by the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA). She was elected to the first two Coordinating Committees of the NDWA, was instrumental in the establishment of its infrastructure and democratic processes, and was elected to its first Board of Directors in 2012.
Recent Board Members
Annie Bello (2016)
Jean Llanto (2016)
Rose Alovera (2017)
Lydia Catina-Amaya (2017)
Juana Dwyer (2017)