Monica Lee Silbas became Chief of Staff to International President Robert Martinez Jr. in January 2022.
Silbas is known throughout the IAM and the labor movement as a fierce advocate for working people and as one of the leading voices for labor on Capitol Hill. Before joining the IAM Political and Legislative Department in 2014, Silbas had served as the IAM Transportation Department’s Education Representative since 1999. Her deep experiences representing airline workers include being a part of many airline organizing campaigns.
Silbas initiated into IAM Local 2785 as a Customer Service Agent at Northwest Airlines in Los Angeles.
Fluent in Spanish, Silbas was one of the initial members of the Spanish Leadership Working Group who helped develop course materials for the Spanish Leadership Program and other classes held entirely in Spanish at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center. Silbas currently serves on the executive board of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). Silbas was recently elected as a principal member to the Executive Committee of IndustriALL Global Union, which represents over 50 million workers in 140 countries.
She graduated from Santa Ana (CA) College with a degree in air transportation and from California State University, Sacramento with a bachelor of arts degree in communications and a minor in government.
Silbas served honorably in the U.S. Army Reserves and has been married for more than 34 years. She is the proud mother of a daughter who is a Towson (MD) University graduate and a son who is an Eagle Scout.