Team

Carmen Rojas

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Carmen Rojas is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Workers Lab, an innovation lab that invests in entrepreneurs, community organizers, and government leaders to create replicable and revenue generating solutions that improve conditions for low-wage workers. For more than 20 years, Carmen has worked with foundations, financial institutions, and non-profits to improve the lives of working people across the United States.

Prior to building The Workers Lab, Carmen was the Acting Director of Collective Impact at Living Cities. She supported 22 of the largest foundations and financial institutions in the world to invest in improving economic opportunity for low-income people by supporting projects in the fields of economic and workforce development, energy efficiency, and asset building. From 2008 to 2011, Carmen was the Director of Strategic Programs at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, where she oversaw the foundation’s Green Access and Civic Engagement programs. Alongside her work at the foundation, Carmen also taught in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to this, Carmen was the Coordinator of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s Taskforce on African American Out-Migration to address African American displacement from the city. 

Carmen currently sits on the boards of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Neighborhood Funders Group, General Service Foundation, JOLT, Certification Associates, and on the Advisory Boards of Fund Good Jobs and Floodgate Academy.

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

Adrian Haro

Managing Director

Most recently, Adrian was an Associate at Civitas Public Affairs Group where he provided a cross-section of communications, project, organizational management and strategic planning expertise to their team. He led many of the firms’ efforts with non-profit organizations, big and small. In 2014, he served in-house with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism awareness organization, to help shape and drive a global research, advocacy, and public policy agenda. Adrian was instrumental to expanding the organization’s education and outreach to communities of color. He also worked closely with Voto Latino, the Alliance for Safety and Justice, the True Colors Fund, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and the Arcus Foundation.

Prior to Civitas, Adrian served as the speechwriter to U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis. In this role, he drafted hundreds of speeches and dozens of opinion pieces to highlight the efforts of the Department of Labor and the Obama administration more broadly.

Adrian worked as a press officer on the Hispanic Media Team at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and has been recognized by the National Association of Government Communicators for his work as a speechwriter. He began his political career as a field organizer on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Before politics and government, Adrian worked for American Latino producer, entertainment executive, and community activist, Moctesuma Esparza. He is a native Spanish speaker and holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and communications from California State University, Long Beach. He was born and raised in Pico Rivera, CA, a small suburb of Los Angeles.

Bill Shiebler

Program Director

Bill has over a decade of experience in coalition building, union organizing, community engagement, public affairs and campaign management. He has helped organizations and leaders across the country develop campaign strategy, build capacity and win victories to improve people’s lives.

Prior to joining The Workers Lab, Bill coordinated a community engagement initiative at the American Federation of Teachers from 2012-2018. With a focus on racial and economic justice, he successfully built community-labor coalitions which mobilized communities to win education justice and resist privatization. He also worked at the Service Employees International Union where he led numerous hospital, nursing, and home care worker organizing campaigns in the private sector. Before joining the labor movement, Bill was the National Field Director for the United States Student Association where he trained college students across the country and directed the organization’s national issue and electoral campaigns.

In his spare time, he is an adjunct trainer with Wellstone Action which trains progressive leaders to win electoral, political and community organizing campaigns. He attended the University of California Santa Barbara and holds a bachelor of arts degree in Sociology. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his partner Duane.

Betsy Edasery

Program Lead, Design Sprint for Social Change

Betsy has extensive experience working with nonprofits and foundations in staff, consultant, board and volunteer roles. Most recently, she was the Community Engagement Manager at Equality Fund – a donor organizing project incubated by Asian Americans for Equality. 

Prior to Equality Fund, Betsy was an Associate Consultant at TCC Group – a social impact advisory firm – where she worked on strategic planning and capacity-building engagements with funding entities, including: The LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund, Ford Foundation, Gates Foundation, New Mexico Health Equity Partnership and Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Prior to TCC Group, Betsy was an Organizing Fellow with Resource Generation helping to mobilize young people of color with wealth to leverage their resources for progressive social change causes. She also conducted research and helped share grantee learnings at Living Cities. 

Betsy has served on the NYC chapter steering committee of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and on the Board of Third Wave Fund. She has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA and is also a graduate of Stanford University, where she majored in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband, Adam.

Eddy Morales

Development & External Affairs Director

Eddy Morales supports The Workers Lab fundraising and communication strategy.  He is the founder and principal of Morales Public Relations (MPR), a firm dedicated to elevating progressive ideals through relationship cultivation, strategy, and communications. He is a seasoned activist, donor advisor, and strategist in the political and non-profit worlds with more than 10 years of experience at organizations such as the United States Student Association, Center for Community Change, VotoLatino, Crossroad Campaigns, and most recently as the Director of the Latino Engagement Fund at the Democracy Alliance.

Eddy carefully cultivates long­-term and trusted relationships with political leaders, elected officials, media sources, and influential decision makers. He has established effective and efficient processes for prospecting, engaging, and cultivating these relationships with major donors and labor unions to support federal, state, and local political campaigns, organizations, and PACs that empower the most vulnerable communities.

In addition to his work at MPR, Eddy has also played a pivotal role as a board member of the Community Catalyst, Midwest Academy, PowerPac, National LGBTQ Task Force, Code for Progress, Americans for Responsible Solutions, and Justice Matters Press. He attended the University of Oregon and currently resides in Gresham, Oregon with his partner Hugh and their beloved dog, Besitos. In Oregon he serves as the Fundraising Chair and State Central Committee Delegate for the Democratic Party of Oregon.

Antonella Vassallo

Executive Assistant

Most recently Antonella was an Executive Assistant to the Chief Nursing Officer at Good Samaritan Hospital where she supported the administrative and programmatic needs of the fourteen nursing departments of the 474 bed acute care hospital.

Prior to Good Samaritan Hospital, Antonella served as Care Coordinator Liaison at Stanford Children’s Health-Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH) where she served as a point of contact for assigned patients and families by assisting them with navigating medical systems and resources throughout treatment. She conducted this work by identifying barriers to medical treatment, ensured access to appropriate resources, improved patient experience and resolved issues that could impact care progression, discharge planning, utilization management and patient care coordination by communicating and collaborating with the Case Managers, Social Workers and other interdisciplinary team members.

Antonella worked as an Administrative Associate at the Center for Health Policy and Center for Primary Care and Outcome Research (CHP/PCOR) at Stanford University in 2012. Her role at CHP/PCOR had substantial involvement in a variety of programmatic activities concerned with child health, education and public policy.  

Before working at Stanford University, Antonella worked in the social service industry in community and academic based settings providing therapeutic mental health, case management, and consultation services. She assisted in the creation and implementation of individual behavior plans for children and families experiencing high levels of trauma who are at risk for family disruption or institutional care.

Antonella is a first generation Italian America. She holds a double bachelors in Sociology and Behavioral Science from San Jose State University. She was born and raised in San Jose, CA.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Margot Brandenburg
CEO
MyStrongHome

Ian Fuller
Managing Director
Westfuller Advisors

Sean Murphy
CEO
ICA Fund Good Jobs

Luz Vega-Marquis
President and CEO
Marguerite Casey Foundation

Haeyoung Yoon
Distinguished Taconic Fellow
Center for Community Change

Sarita Gupta
Co-Executive Director
Jobs With Justice

Anna Fink
First Vice President of Philanthropy
Amalgamated Bank

Matt Klein
Executive Director
NYC Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity

Nidhi Mirani
Executive Director
Carina Care 

Guillermo Quinteros
Program Director
Solidago Foundation