Carmen Rojas is the CEO of the Workers Lab, an accelerator that invests in entrepreneurs, community organizers, technologists, economic justice organizations, issue campaigns, and businesses to create scalable and self-sustaining solutions that improve conditions for low-wage workers. The Workers Lab is focused on ideas, services, and products that will achieve sufficient scale to impact workers across sectors, industries, and geographies, and result in self-sufficient revenue models. Previously, Carmen was the acting director of collective impact at Living Cities; the director of strategic programs at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, where she oversaw the Green Access and Civic Engagement programs; the coordinator of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s Taskforce on African American OutMigration; and the coordinator of the Social Equity Caucus, a program of Urban Habitat, where she was primarily responsible for coordinating the work of a regional network of over 75 public, private, and nonprofit organizations to build a regional social and environmental justice movement that represents the needs of low-income communities and communities of color. Carmen holds a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Fulbright Scholar. She taught in the Department of City & Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where her courses focused on the history of cities in the US, a practicum on local economic development, planning pedagogy, and race in the practice of city planning.
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