The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination's Project on Gender in the Global Community (GGC) will host Carmen Rojas, Co-Founder and CEO of The Workers Lab, as guest speaker at the Gender and Security student fellows bi-monthly meeting on Friday, November 8, 2019. Rojas will be visiting the Woodrow Wilson School as a Leadership through Mentorship Visitor. Participation in this event is open to Gender and Security student fellows only.
Dr. Carmen Rojas is Co-Founder and CEO of The Workers Lab which invests in entrepreneurs, community organizers, and government leaders to create replicable and revenue generating solutions that improve conditions for low-wage workers. For more than 20 years, she has worked with foundations, financial institutions, and non-profits to improve the lives of working people across the United States. Prior to building The Workers Lab, Rojas was the Acting Director of Collective Impact at Living Cities. She supported 22 of the largest foundations and financial institutions in the world to invest in improving economic opportunity for low-income people by supporting projects in the fields of economic and workforce development, energy efficiency, and asset building. From 2008 to 2011, she was the Director of Strategic Programs at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, where she oversaw the foundation’s Green Access and Civic Engagement programs. Alongside her work at the foundation, Rojas also taught in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to this, she was the Coordinator of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s Taskforce on African American Out-Migration to address African American displacement from the city. She currently sits on the boards of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Neighborhood Funders Group, General Service Foundation, JOLT, Certification Associates, and on the Advisory Boards of Fund Good Jobs and Floodgate Academy.
Dr. Rojas holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2007.