Meet Chair Ada Briceño
Ada Briceño was elected Chair of the Orange County Democratic Party on January 14, 2019, following a historic midterm election, where Democrats swept local congressional races.
Briceño, a hotel union leader, currently serves as Co-President of UNITE-HERE Local 11 which represents 31,000 hotel workers in Southern California and Arizona. She was recently re-elected Vice President UNITE-HERE International Union. Among her many accolades, she has been named one of Orange County’s 100 most influential people in 2018 and 2014 by the Orange County Register.
Briceño, an immigrant from Nicaragua, came to the United States with her parents fleeing the civil war at age six. She settled in Orange County at age 15. After graduating from high school, she began working as a hotel clerk, where she discovered union organizing and joined the union. She immediately rose through the ranks becoming the first Latina President of Local 681 at age 26.
In addition to her political and union work, Briceño has led many civil rights, immigrant rights, women rights, and environmental efforts in the region. She has dedicated her life to becoming a social change agent. Last year, she successfully led efforts to pass a living wage initiative for Disneyland workers. She serves as member of the Southern California Air Quality District Environmental Justice Committee. She also co-founded OCCORD a multicultural coalition of workers and activists that created by-district elections and improved representation in the City of Anaheim. Briceño has been active in addressing women’s rights. She sits in the Orange County Women’s March steering committee.
Briceño lives in Stanton with her husband Enrique Fernández, her son Donald Torres, and her German Shepherd Riley María.
In the News:
- After Great Midterms, OC Dems Elect New Leader for 2020 (OC Register, Jan 15, 2019)
- On OC: Labor Leader Ada Briceno takes over as Dem Party Chair (Voice of OC, Jan 11, 2019)