UCLA Labor Center

Semi Cole

Public Program Analyst

Area of Expertise:
Black Worker Organizing, Workforce Development, Future of Work

Semi Cole serves the Center for Advancing Racial Equity (CARE) at Work Initiative as a Public Program Analyst. In his role, Semi utilizes his passion for public affairs and community organizing to push forward the Center’s research, policy, and programmatic priorities. Semi brings extensive experience in higher education advocacy and policy research as well as grassroots organizing, strategic partnership development, and project management. Currently, Semi manages CARE’s student organizing class and Freedom Fellowship, where he puts his talents towards CARE’s work in building a school-to-movement pathway, sowing the seeds for the next generation of black organizers. Semi is also deeply involved with CARE’s other foundational projects, such as the Los Angeles Black Labor Table and Southern California Black Worker Hub for Regional Organizing.

Prior to joining the Care at Work Team, Semi worked as a Project Consultant with the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, assisting in the development of the Inland Empire Black Worker Center. Additionally, Semi is a graduate of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs of Southern California and served as the Student Body President at UC Riverside during his undergraduate career. Outside of work, Semi enjoys working on entrepreneurial ventures and supporting local mutual aid efforts.