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Putting Labor in the Lab: How Workers Are Rebooting Their Future

NYC: June 04, 2015

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Carmen Rojas is the CEO of The Workers Lab, an innovation lab that invests in entrepreneurs, community organizers, and technologists to create replicable and revenue generating solutions that improve conditions for low-wage workers. The Workers Lab invests capital, offers an accelerator program focused on business and leadership development, and connects ventures to a broad network of supporters to support their continued development and success.

Prior to assuming this position, she was the Acting Director of Collective Impact at Living Cities. In this capacity, she played a pivotal role supporting the work of Living Cities’ member institutions, which represented 22 of the largest foundations and financial institutions in the world. Her work focused on improving economic opportunity for low-income people by supporting projects in the fields of economic & workforce development, energy efficiency, and asset building.

Carmen has also worked at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s Taskforce on African American Out-Migration, and the Social Equity Caucus, a program of Urban Habitat.

Carmen holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2007.

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