As a collaborative entity committed to movement building, Enlace has several boards that holistically guide our work. The Enlace Executive Board guides our work and is composed of representatives from organizations in the U.S. and Mexico. The Enlace Institute Advisory Board evaluates the programming of the Institute and is composed of leaders within the struggle for workers rights. The New York Worker Center Federation Steering Committee leads the dynamic worker organizing movement in NYC and oversees all programming. The Steering Committee of the National Prison Divestment Campaign is comprised of U.S. organizations who have taken the lead in exposing and fighting against the private prison industry. The Communities United for People (CUP) Board of Directors oversees Enlace's work as the fiscal sponsor and parent organization of Enlace. Currently, Enlace is the only project of CUP.
Enlace Executive Board
Centro de Apoyo a la Mujer en las Maquilas de la Laguna, A.C. (CTRAMAC)
CTRAMAC is a civil organization for women, fighting for a right to a dignified, livable wage that will improve the living conditions for all women. CTRAMAC works to increase access to labor justice so that violations of human rights, workplace discriminatino and sexual harassment are taken seriously.
Dolores Street Community Services Day Labor Program & Women's Collective
Dolores Street Community Services Day Labor Program is a worker-led nonprofit committed to improving the lives of its members and all San Franciscans.
Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA)
KIWA was created in 1992 just two months before the Los Angeles Civil Unrest, often considered the nation’s first multi-racial riot. In a city torn with racism, poverty, and inequality, KIWA started with the mission to address the worker exploitation rampant in the Koreatown community among both Korean and Latino workers, and committed to struggling in solidarity with other communities for a more just Los Angeles for all.
SEIU United Service Workers West (SEIU-USWW)
SEIU United Service Workers West represents more than 40,000 janitors, security officers, airport service workers, and other property service workers across California. SEIU USWW is united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.
Servicio, Desarrollo y Paz, A.C. (SEDEPAC)
SEDEPAC is a Mexican civil society organization that works to promote social and environmental initiatives aimed at improving collective wellbeing. SEDEPAC provides trainings for groups and popular organizations to strengthen their organizational capacity, and works with indigenous groups, rural farmers, workers, and communities, to strengthen civil society and promote justice and democratic change.
El Sindicato Independiente de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de la Industria Maquila (SINTTIM)
SINTTIM—the Independent Union of Workers in the Maquiladora Industry—is the only independent union in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The leaders and supporters of SINTTIM began organizing together and succeeded in achieving legal recognition and collective bargaining agreements in the Baja California Sur maquiladora (export manufacturing) industry over twenty years ago.
Sindicato de Trabajadores de Casas Comerciales, Oficinas y Expendios, Similares y Conexos del Distrito Federal (STRACC)
STRACC arose to fill the need of workers across sector for a way to defend their rights. STRACC works with workers across sectors to improve working conditions and elevate workers' quality of life in Mexico City.
Tenants & Workers United (TWU)
Tenants and Workers United (TWU) is the largest member-based, low-income community organization in Northern Virginia, and one of the few social change organizations comprised of multi-national immigrants and African Americans in the South. TWU builds the power of low-income people – multi-national immigrants, African Americans, women, low-wage workers, and youths – in Northern Virginia, to struggle against racism and sexism, to develop multi-racial leadership for social and economic justice, and to democratically control or own community resources including housing, education and health care.
The Workplace Project
The Workplace Project/Centro de Derechos Laborales is a membership-based organization that unites immigrant workers and their families for better working and living conditions. The Workplace Project has built a grassroots movement and strengthened the immigrant community through a cycle of education, leadership training, membership building, and organizing for change in the labor context. The Workplace Project was one of the first workers’ centers in the United States to focus on organizing the Latino/a immigrant community and to establish an organizing model which has inspired other workers’ centers across the country.
Emeritus: Salvador "Chava" Bustamante
Chava served as the Vice President of SEIU Local 1877, where he worked as a union organizer for 20 years, and was an architect of the Justice for Silicon Valley Custodians.
Institute Advisory Board
Nadia Marin-Molina, New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)
Nadia is currently developing strategy and training for NYCOSH campaigns involving nail salon workers and other marginalized workforces. Previously, she worked as the Workers’ Rights Program Coordinator at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), and the Executive Director of the Workplace Project, an immigrant workers center on Long Island, NY. She received the prestigious Gloria Steinem Award for building the leadership and advocacy skills of Latino immigrant domestic workers, supporting their fight against exploitative employers, on-the-job abuse, and substandard pay. She received her JD from New York University School of Law, where she was a recipient of a Public Service Scholarship in recognition of her work with the Latino community.
Joann Lo, Food Chain Workers Alliance
After graduating from Yale University, Joann Lo worked as an organizer for two unions in Los Angeles. In 2000, Joann joined the Garment Worker Center. As lead organizer she supported garment workers in Los Angeles who led a successful boycott against young women’s retailer Forever 21, a campaign memorialized in the Emmy-winning documentary “Made in L.A.” In 2005, Joann joined Enlace, a strategic alliance of low-wage workers centers and unions in the U.S. and Mexico, and a year later became Co-Executive Director until April 2010. Joann now serves as Co-Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance, a coalition of worker-based groups organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain. She is the Vice Chair of the Leadership Board of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Domestic Fair Trade Association and the City of Los Angeles' Sweatfree Advisory Committee.
Julieta Méndez, Foundation Center
Julieta’s experience in the social sector spans a 10 year trajectory with roles in international grants management, fundraising, operations, capacity building, engagement & outreach and impact measurement. She has a deep understanding of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in the US and around the world, with direct experience working in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Dominican Republic and Nigeria. Currently, she is the Manager of Network Engagement for the Foundation Center’s Social Sector Outreach Unit. A new position in the organization, the core of her work consists of leading the unit’s impact measurement strategy, and being the liaison for global partnerships.
Janis Rosheuvel, United Methodist Women
Bio coming soon!
Maria Figueroa, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Bio coming soon!
Legna Cabrera, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Bio coming soon!
Maegan Ortiz, Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA)
Bio coming soon!
Enlace convened the national Prison Divestment Campaign in May 2011 after recognizing the threat of mass incarceration and mass, mandatory immigrant detention to low-wage workers, and the connections between inhumane policies and private prison lobbyists. Campaign strategy has been set by our Steering Committee, and honed and implemented by campaign partners on the ground.
African Black Coalition (ABC)
Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA)
Color of Change
Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC)
Detention Watch Network
Families for Freedom (FFF)
Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC)
Florida New Majority
Million Hoodies Movement for Justice
National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)
National Peoples' Action (NPA)
Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP)
Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC)
Rights for All People (RAP)
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR)
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church & Society
United We Dream (UWD)
American Indian Law Alliance
American Friends Service Committee
California Immigrant Policy Center
CLEAN Car Wash Campaign
Committee for Better Banks
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
ICE out of LA
IDEAS at UCLA
Immigrant Youth Coalition
In The Public Interest
Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
Jewish Voice for Peace
Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance
NAACP Portland Chapter
National Immigration Law Center
National Lawyers Guild - Portland Chapter
New Jim Crow
Oregon Educators Association
Oregon Immigrant Activists
Occupation Free Portland
Parkrose Community United Church of Christ
Partnership for Safety and Justice
Portland Association of Teachers
Portland Central America Solidarity Committee
Portland Jobs with Justice
Refund America Project
Rural Organizing Project
Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action
United Federation of Teachers
Urban League of Portland
Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of Denver
Voz Workers' Rights Education Project
Prison Divestment Campaign
Communities United for People Board
Dan Petegorsky, President
Dan was the Executive Director of the Western States Center and a Program Officer for the Peace Development Fund. He is now a Senior Fellow at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.
Peter Cervantes-Gautschi, Secretary
Peter is the founder and former Executive Director of Enlace.
Amanda Aguilar Shank
Amanda is Enlace's Deputy Director.
Yolanda Sandoval Roque
Yolanda is an electrician apprentice and community organizer who lives in Portland, Oregon. She is also on the board of directors at Voz: Workers Rights Education Project.
Daniel is the Executive Director of Enlace.
Lino is based out of Sacramento and is Vice President at SEIU United Service Workers West. He is a member of CROP (Capital Region Organizing Project), an affiliate of Gamaliel.
NY Worker Center Federation Steering Committee
Cidadao Global is a community-based organization dedicated to promoting and defending the human rights of Brazilian immigrants and strengthening citizen participation and political visibility.
Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM)
DRUM is a membership organization of low-wage South Asian immigrant workers and youth.
El Centro de Inmigrante Staten Island
El Centro Del Inmigrante is a storefront immigrant day labor center in Staten Island.
Laundry Worker Center (LWC)
The Laundry Workers Center addresses the need for community-based leadership development geared toward improving the living and working conditions of workers in the laundry and food service industries, as well as their families.
New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
NICE is a community-based, non-profit organization that works to ensure that new immigrants can build social, political, and economic power in their communities and beyond.
New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA)
NYTWA is a membership based non-profit of NYC taxicab drivers. They fight for justice, rights, respect and dignity for the over 50,000 licensed men and women who labor 12 hour shifts with little pay and little protection in the city’s mobile sweatshop.
Restaurant Opportunity Center New York (ROC NY)
ROC NY is dedicated to improving the working conditions in the restaurant industry. They actively outreach to workers in the NYC area to build, develop, and lead the worker center. ROC-NY is an affiliate of ROC United.
Retail Action Project (RAP)
he Retail Action Project is a member-based organization with the mission of building worker power, elevating industry standards, and promoting family-sustaining jobs. They achieve this through engaging in collective action, highlighting worker voices, growing member professional capacity, and nurturing leadership.
Street Vendor Project (SVP)
The Street Vendor Project is a membership organization of street vendors, most of whom are immigrants, who work on grassroots campaigns for better laws and policies regarding vending in New York City.