Benetta Mansfield is the former Chair of the Avodah Board of Directors. She chairs the Service Corps Expansion Planning Task Force and sits on the Governance and Nominating Committee. She was introduced to Avodah while seeking new opportunities to continue her social justice work. Her own Avodah journey began when she joined Avodah’s Chicago Advisory Council and then continued on to join the Board of Directors.
Benetta is a lawyer with more than 30 years of experience as an advocate and mediator. During her professional career in Washington, D.C., Benetta served as the Chief of Staff of the Amalgamated Transit Union, which represents more than 185,000 bus operators, maintenance and clerical employees throughout the U.S. and Canada. Previously, she was the Chief of Staff of the National Mediation Board and was appointed by a federal judge to direct the election of international officers for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Upon retirement, Benetta returned to her hometown of Chicago, Ill., where she lives today with her husband, Kalman Resnick. She previously served as Vice President of the Board of Arise Chicago and Chair of the Board of Operation Understanding in Washington, DC. She is also a board member of the Mansfield Family Foundation.