Women's History Month Profiles: Joan Mah

Joan Mah

This year, for Women's History Month, we're taking a look at a group of leaders who are currently active making women's history across the labor movement. Check back daily for a new profile and meet some of the people working to improve not only their community, but also to improve conditions for working people across the country. Today's profile is Joan Mah of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE).

Joan Mah is a Western Region vice president representing Engineers and Scientists of California, IFPTE Local 20. Mah’s local represents over 8,000 licensed engineers, scientists, health care professionals and attorneys at employers throughout Northern California. Mah is an optometrist and steward at the Kaiser Permanente San Rafael facility. She has practiced optometry since 1991. She completed her undergraduate degrees in microbiology and immunology and physiological optics, and her doctorate of optometry degree at the University of California, Berkeley. Mah is the founding chair of the Local 20 Women’s Committee.