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Roberta Wood has served as Secretary Treasurer of the Communist Party since 2007. A lifelong rank and file union activist, Roberta co-founded the steelworker women's caucus in the in the Chicago/Gary district of the Steelworkers union. In 1976 she was elected the first female member of USWA Local 65's Executive Board. Following the closing of US Steel's South Works mill, Roberta worked until retirement as an electrical instrumentation mechanic in a municipal sewage treament facility. She served several years as labor editor of the People's Weekly World, forerunner to the People's World.
Roberta is an active member of the Electrical Workers union and lives in Chicago with her husband, Scott Marshall.