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.
Most recently Adrian was a Senior 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 and to orchestrating its national leadership summit which, for the first time, convened high-profile minority leaders from the White House and academia to discuss reducing disparities in the diagnosis of autism and access to care. Adrian also worked closely with organizations like 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 award-winning 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.
Fundraising and Communications Consultant
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.
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.
Michael C. Bush
Program Lead (Leadership & Entrepreneurship)
Founder, The 8 Factors
As a prolific entrepreneur, turnaround consultant, business advisor and educator, Michael C. Bush has more than 30 years of experience and has helped thousands of entrepreneurs learn how to increase business. Michael’s paradigm-shifting approach to business, distills the best content from business books, MBA theory, and personal insight into a powerfully simple and practical business framework for people who are currently running or just starting a small business: The 8 Factors.
A champion of small businesses and job creation, Michael offers refreshingly honest straight-talk with the compassionate tone of someone who has been there. A charismatic speaker, Michael draws on lessons from his childhood, to offer personal accounts that are revealing, humorous, and insightful. Through his entertaining, honest, and inspiring style, Michael forges immediate and lasting connections with audiences.
Michael received his M.S. in Management from The Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. In addition to his management consulting work, he sits on the board of Inner City Advisors and teaches entrepreneurship courses at a number of institutions including: Stanford University and Mills College. Michael is also a member of President Obama’s White House Business Council, a group of business advisors that meets at the White House to help shape policy on issues that impact small businesses and promote economic prosperity and job creation in urban areas.