Meet the Immigrant Woman Taking the Helm of the United Farm Workers
Teresa Romero is becoming the United Farm Workers’ (UFW) third President. Not only is the Mexico-born immigrant the first woman to lead UFW, but Romero will become the first immigrant woman to lead a national union in the U.S. A nine-year veteran of the UFW, she has served as both Secretary-Treasurer and Chief Administrative Officer of the organization. During her time, Romero has overseen the complex financial management, administrative, staff recruitment, personnel, fundraising, IT, and social media operations of the UFW. She ran fundraising that collected $1 million to build the UFW’s new state-of-the-art 10,294-square foot facility in Salinas, CA, serving the largest concentration of unionized farmworkers in the nation. Before joining the UFW, she managed a construction company and a law firm that helped workers with immigration and workers' compensation claims. Romero said fighting for immigration legislation would be one of her priorities. "Everything we do here – everything I do here – is for the benefit of farmworkers," she said. "That's why immigration reform is important." Arturo Rodríguez -- who became president of the UFW after his father-in-law, farmworker and civil rights leader César Chávez, died unexpectedly in 1993 -- is stepping down after twenty-five years on December 20th. More here.