María Elena Durazo was elected to serve as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, on May 15, 2006. Before leading the Federation, Maria Elena was elected President of the hotel workers union UNITE-HERE, Local 11, and built it into one of the most active unions in Los Angeles County. Her hard work led her to become the first Latina elected to the Executive Board of HERE International Union in 1996 and eventually, in 2004, she became Executive Vice President of UNITE-HERE International.Currently she serves as Chair of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s appointee to the Los Angeles Economy and Jobs Committee, Board of Directors for LA Inc., the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau and the California League of Conservation Voters. Maria Elena is a graduate of St. Mary’s College in Moraga and earned a law degree from the People’s College of Law in 1985. She resides in Los Angeles.
Durazo was previously a member of Think Long California.