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Political Director

UNITE HERE's Local 226
Phone: (212) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Las Vegas , Nevada , United States
275 7th Avenue
New York , New York 10001
United States

Company Description: UNITE HERE is the merged union of hospitality, gaming, apparel, textile and laundry workers. The new union represents nearly half a million workers in the U.S.,...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • degree , communication studies
    Northwestern University
28 Total References
Web References
ACLU of Nevada Board | ACLU of Nevada, 16 Dec 2015 [cached]
Yvanna Cancela, Board Member
Yvanna Cancela is the political director at UNITE HERE's Local 226, the Culinary Workers Union. The Culinary represents 55,000 casino workers on the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas. In her role, Yvanna develops the political training, strategy, and mobilization programs for members. Yvanna's work has focused on community involvement and political mobilization. In 2014, Yvanna was named a White House Champion of Change for her work in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. Yvanna has dedicated herself to ensuring workers have a strong voice on the job and in their communities. She believes all jobs should give people the opportunity to provide for their families and themselves. Yvanna graduated from Northwestern University in 2010 with a degree in communication studies.
Civil Libertarians of the Year | ACLU of Nevada, 22 Feb 2015 [cached]
Yvanna Cancela
Yvanna Cancela is the political director at Culinary Workers Union Local 226 of UNITE HERE, Nevada's largest union with over 55,000 members. She is responsible developing an overarching agenda to advance workers' rights. Yvanna 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. Through her work, she 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.
Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., right, appears ..., 8 Feb 2014 [cached]
Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., right, appears with Yvanna Cancela, left, Culinary Union Local 226 political director as they launch the Culinary Union's canvassing efforts in Nevada at union headquarters in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.
"I don't think we're at the decision-making point, but our members are very concerned about this considering how hard they fought for the health care that they have," said Yvanna Cancela, spokeswoman for Culinary Local 226.
"It helps him tell a really ..., 28 May 2015 [cached]
"It helps him tell a really good story in Vegas," said Yvanna Cancela, political director of the Culinary Workers Union, which represents many casino workers.
"Without question, the economy and Vegas ..., 16 Dec 2013 [cached]
"Without question, the economy and Vegas workers will feel the negative impact of losing thousands of rodeo tourists," said Yvanna Cancela, spokeswoman for the large Culinary Union.
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