David Foster is currently the executive director of the Blue-Green Alliance, a strategic partnership between the United Steelworkers (USW) and the Sierra Club. He also co-chairs the Twin Cities Mayors’ Green Manufacturing Initiative. From 1990-2006, he was the director of USW, District #11, a 13-state region based in Minneapolis, with a diverse membership of 43,000.
In 2004, he was awarded the Jane Lehman Bagley Award for his work building labor/environmental coalitions. He teaches classes on unions and globalization at the Carlson at the University of Minnesota and on advocacy and political leadership in Duluth.