Yvanna Cancela is the political director at Culinary Workers Union Local 226 of UNITE HERE, Nevada's largest union with over 55,000 members.
is responsible developing an overarching agenda to advance workers' rights.
has dedicated her
career to advancing workplace justice and fighting for comprehensive immigration reform.
She led programs to increase members' awareness and civic engagement that resulted in the registration of thousands of new Latino voters, as well as record voter turnout among union members.
Throughout the last year and a half, Yvanna
has worked to organize union members to pressure Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.
aims to empower workers to exercise their voices and push for change.
Despite being the political director, Yvanna stays closely involved with the worker organizing.
In 2013, she
was awarded the White House's César Chávez?Champions of Change award for the union's work on organizing for comprehensive immigration reform.
Yvanna was born and raised in Miama, Florida.
She graduated from Northwestern University in 2010.