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Meet Chair Ada Briceño

Ada Briceño

Ada Briceño was elected Chair of the Orange County Democratic Party in January 2019, following a historic midterm election where Democrats swept local congressional races. Chair Briceño was elected to the Democratic National Committee in 2020.

A hotel union leader, Chair Briceño currently serves as Co-President of UNITE-HERE Local 11 which represents 32,000 hotel workers in Southern California and Arizona. She is also a Vice President UNITE-HERE International Union. Among her many accolades, she has been named one of Orange County’s 100 most influential people in 2019, 2018 and 2014 by the Orange County Register.

An immigrant from Nicaragua, she came to the United States with her parents fleeing a brutal civil war at age six. 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, Chair 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. She successfully led efforts to pass a living wage initiative for Disneyland workers, and serves as a member of the Southern California Air Quality District Environmental Justice Committee. She is active in addressing women’s rights, and sits in the Orange County Women’s March steering committee.

Chair Briceño lives in Stanton with her husband Enrique Fernández, her son Donald Torres, and her German Shepherd Riley María.

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