Wolff's research and teaching interests center on equity and economic
development issues--in particular the reciprocal roles of industries and
regions in shaping each other.
identifies and promotes economic development policies that address the
consequences of economic restructuring in the Southern California
extensively with organized labor, as well as community organizations, public
and non-profit agencies, and the private sector.
- Urban and
Regional Economic Development
California Regional Economy
- Labor and
Special two-quarter courses
- Walmart and
Walmartization (Community Scholars, 2005)
- Roadmap to
Green Manufacturing (Comp Project, 2012)
and Community in Los Angeles Economic Development,” chapter in David Sloan
(ed.) Planning Los Angeles.
Chicago: American Planning
“What Aspect of Critical Planning Should We Be
Concerned With?” Critical Planning Vol 15, 2008.
Insecure Work and New Conceptions of Labor Solidarity,” a joint UCLA/UC-Davis research project funded by
“Revitalizing Manufacturing Industry and Jobs in Los
Angeles,” an 18 month research project in collaboration with USC Program for
Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)], LAANE, and Green for All (Surdna Foundation)
“From Farms to Waste and/or Recycling: Assessing and Improving the Jobs in the
California Food Chain.” For the
California Labor Federation and the LA Food Policy Council.
“Clean Up / Green Up:
Developing Green Zones for the City of Los Angeles.” For Liberty Hill Foundation
1999-2004 he served as the Research Director of the 800,000 member Los Angeles
County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and director of the Center for Regional
Employment Strategies (CRES).
as Executive Director of the Harry Bridges Institute in San Pedro for three
years, now serves as board memeber ( http://harrybridges.com/home/?page_id=2
consulting practice, Resources for Employment and Economic Development, has
included a variety of clients and projects:
- Project Director, City of Los
Angeles Community Development Department, “Industry Cluster Initiative for Employment
- Assessing the status and trends of the
Los Angeles garment industry for workers and contractors in the region, supported
by the Rosenberg Foundation;
- Developing a research program on Global
Logistics (the new international web of production, transportation,
distribution and sales that is reshaping the role and status of workers and
communities) for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).
- Industry/Labor Market Consultant for the
California Labor Federation, Workforce
and Economic Development Program
- Strategic Planning Consultant for the
United Way of Greater Los Angeles Workforce Development Project.
California Workplace Lead Project (UCLA LOSH)—providing guidance and strategy
for identifying and analyzing sectors in which workers are exposed to high lead
- Los Angeles
Manufacturing Action Project (LAMAP)—of which he was cofounder—a multi-union
effort to assist in the organizing of low-wage, largely immigrant Latino
workers in the industrial core of Los Angeles
Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)—providing sectoral research on the
health industry which led to a multi-million dollar economic development
Collaborative (MCC)—developing tools to support alternative economic
development strategies for minority and disadvantaged communities in Los
- City of Los
Angeles—review and develop proposals for rationalizing economic development in
California Edison (SCE)—developing the Apparel Industry Roundtable, and supporting
sub-regional economic development cooperation among cities, agencies, and the
private sector in a period of industrial restructuring.
- Los Angeles Food Policy Council, and Co-Chair Good Food Economy Working Group
- Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research ["The Peoples' Library: Working for a world where all people have the ability, resources, and freedom to make their own histories"]. Emeritus Board member, including having served four years as President
- AFL-CIO Labor Community Services, board member
- United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Community Investment Cabinet member
- Diane Middleton Foundation [ "to support fundamental change through struggles for economic justice and projects that address community and labor organizing, civil rights and civil liberties, labor education, and training a new generation of leaders"], board member.