Daniel Carrillo - Enlace Director
Daniel became Enlace's Executive Director in March of 2015.
Since Daniel joined Enlace in 2008, he has brought energy, joy, strategy and wisdom to the organization. Daniel was drawn to Enlace as an international group unafraid of taking risks. He started working with Enlace in the early stages of the Seafood worker justice campaign. Daniel's job was to research corporations to start a pressure campaign in U.S. Daniel worked with the Korean Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) and other groups to lead a U.S. boycott that brought a transnational CEO to negotiate with seafood workers in less than a year.
Daniel learned about the human side of organizing from Enlace. Enlace became a family to him. Former Director Peter Cervantes-Gautschi, Deputy Director Mary Mendez, and former Development Director Katy Riker were all his mentors and still are.
“Enlace’s focus on relationships means that we don't confine ourselves to working in one country, or on one issue, or in one sector,” said Daniel. “Enlace’s strength is our ability to break down borders and respond flexibly to realities of capitalism. At the same time, It's also our weakness–this work is hard to fund. We find ways to do all this work that wouldn't get funded and win and build real grassroots movement with volunteers pulling the weight. I haven't come across another organization like that. All our members that I've met are beautiful, genuine people. Because they're our members they're able to tap into that flexibility with us on campaigns.”
In 2011, Daniel led the launching of the National Private Prison Divestment Campaign, recruiting 150 organizations from across the country. The campaign has brought national attention to the role of private prisons in manipulating our government to criminalize and incarcerate immigrants and people of color solely to enrich the excessively wealthy.
In late 2014, he helped officially establish the NYC Worker Center Federation, modeled after the work of Enlace members in Los Angeles.
Daniel believes strongly in the importance of a cohesive and multidimensional movement for social justice and we look forward to the advances that Enlace will make with his leadership and vision.
“7 years ago when I joined Enlace, I never imagined the incredible family I would join nor the incredible campaigns and trainings I would be a part of. I am honored and humbled to continue as part of the Enlace family as Director.”