Meet Chair Ada Briceño

Ada Briceño was six when she and her family left their native Nicaragua fleeing civil war. They eventually settled in Orange County where, straight out of high school, she worked as a hotel clerk and discovered union organizing. She joined her local union and quickly rose through the ranks to become the first Latina President of Unite Here Local 681 at age 26. Today she serves as Co-President of Unite Here Local 11 and has led nationally-recognized workers’ rights efforts including a successful living wage initiative for Disneyland workers in 2018.

Named one of Orange County’s 100 most influential people in 2014 and 2018 by the OC Register, Ms. Briceño has dedicated her life’s work to affecting change for economically and politically disenfranchised communities. Briceño is a founder, board chair and former Executive Director of OCCORD, where she led a coalition of workers and activists to create by-district elections and improve direct representation in the City of Anaheim, Orange County’s largest city. She also co-founded, together with OCCORD, the Muslim Latino Collaborative as a direct response to the divisive rhetoric of the current presidential administration and subsequent Muslim travel ban.

Ms. Briceño’s efforts towards addressing women’s rights include participation in OC Women’s March steering committees, and co-founding an Orange County’s Women’s Group with a diverse group of women from different ethnicities, gender identities, and economic backgrounds. Briceño also served as 65th Assembly Delegate for the California Democratic Party and in the Central Committee of the Democratic Party in Orange County.

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