Hugo Romero is a Project Manager at the UCLA Labor Center focused on labor, immigrant, and young worker issues. Hugo oversees the labor cohort that forms part of Dream Summer, a national fellowship program for immigrant youth. Hugo is also a member of the I am a #YoungWorker team, a multimedia research project that combines data, stories, and images by and for young people to advance the rights of young workers across the country. Recently, he launched the first multi-union immigrant worker leadership development program in the country and contributed to the formulation of a three year strategic plan for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. He has coauthored reports at the UCLA Labor Center and is working on an upcoming book about the Justice for Janitors campaign.
In 2014, he successfully launched the UCI Community & Labor Project, a project dedicated to labor and community research in Orange County, California. His passion for social and worker justice emerged from his experience working in the car wash industry, warehouse industry, and his involvement with the immigrant youth movement that led to the historic enactment of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) by President Obama on June 15, 2012. Hugo currently serves on Blueprint for Belonging committee at the HAAS Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, the national steering committee for Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s 100 million for 100 million campaign, is an alumni of the Front Line Leader’s Academy, and the Rockwood Leadership Institute.