Maria Elena Durazo

Vice Chair at DNC Service Corp.

Maria Elena Durazo

Maria Elena Durazo

Vice Chair at DNC Service Corp.

Biography

Maria Elena Durazo has served as DNC Vice Chair since 2013.

Maria Elena is Vice President for UNITE HERE International Union, which represents more than 270,000 hospitality workers in the U.S. and Canada. Under her leadership in 2016, UNITE HERE and its Las Vegas local, the Culinary Union, led an unprecedented citizenship drive, helping more than 2,000 residents apply for citizenship. This campaign launched the union’s large-scale door-knocking campaign in Nevada, the only swing state to go blue. In Phoenix, Maria Elena and UNITE HERE helped lead the campaign where voters defeated the anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio, opening the door for the state to go Democratic.

In her home state of California, Maria Elena and her late husband, Miguel Contreras, led grassroots efforts in the 1990’s and early 2000’s to organize immigrant workers, a campaign largely credited with turning California blue.

Maria Elena started organizing with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union Local 11 in 1983, and was elected as President in 1989. From 2006 through 2014, she was the first woman Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, the second largest labor council in the country and served on the National AFL-CIO Executive Council.

Maria Elena Durazo is the proud daughter of Mexican migrant farmworkers.

Overview
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Primary Location

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Number of Boards

13

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President at Unite Here

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Director & Vice President at Unite Here

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

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Founder at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles

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Financial Secretary at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union No. 11

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Secretary, Treasurer & Director at Unite Here

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Secretary Treasurer at Unite Here

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President & Chief Executive Officer at The Minneapolis Foundation

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Personal Finance Editor at Parade Magazine

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Maria Elena Durazo
Vice Chair at DNC Service Corp.
Education
Law Degree
Class of 1985

Peoples College of Law is a small, fully licensed,degree-granting law school located in downtown Los Angeles, California offering a four-year evening Juris Doctor program to accommodate working students. PCL was founded in 1974 as a non-profit (501(c)3 under the name The Guild Law School) community run law school to bring legal resources to under-represented communities and train legal advocated to secure progressive social change and justice in society.

Graduate

Saint Mary's College is a Catholic liberal arts college, rooted in the life and work of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Christian Brothers and the patron saint of teachers.

Memberships
Member
Current

The Los Angeles Coalition is a private company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, that operates membership organizations to create jobs and policy changes.

Career History
Director & Vice President-Immigration
Current

UNITE HERE operates as a labor union representing workers of the apparel, textile and related industries. It represents workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in the hotel, gaming, food service, airport, textile, manufacturing, distribution, laundry, and transportation industries. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Vice Chair
Current

DNC Service Corp. operates a political party. It is an organization which raises fund for the Democratic Party which has been a part of the U.S. political landscape. The company plans the presidential nominating convention, promotes candidates from the local to the national level and sets the party platform. DNC Service was founded in 1848 and is located in Washington, DC.

Executive Secretary & Treasurer
2005 - 2014
Boards & Committees
National Co-Chair
Prior

Barack Obama, then junior United States Senator from Illinois, announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States in Springfield, Illinois, on February 10, 2007. On August 27, 2008, he was declared nominee of the Democratic Party for the 2008 presidential election. He was the first African American in history to be nominated on a major party ticket. On August 23, 2008, Barack Obama's campaign announced that Senator Joe Biden of Delaware would be the Vice Presidential nominee On November 4, 2008, Obama won the election, making him the President-elect and the first African American elected President of the United States

National Co-Chair
Prior

On April 4, 2011, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, formally announced his re-election campaign for 2012. His running mate was Vice President Joe Biden.

Vice Chair
2013 - Current

DNC Service Corp. operates a political party. It is an organization which raises fund for the Democratic Party which has been a part of the U.S. political landscape. The company plans the presidential nominating convention, promotes candidates from the local to the national level and sets the party platform. DNC Service was founded in 1848 and is located in Washington, DC.

Chair, Board of Directors
Current

TO CONDUCT PROGRAMS THAT CREATE GOOD JOBS, THRIVING COMMUNITY AND A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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2001

The Pacific Council on International Policy is a non-partisan membership-based organization focused on foreign policy. Founded in 1995 in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. It is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Its activities include speaking events, policy-focused task forces, and international fact-finding missions.

Political Donations
$100
2006

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