Teresa Romero, President
The first Latina and first immigrant woman to become president of a national union in the
United States, Teresa Romero replaced Arturo S. Rodriguez as the third president of United
Farm Workers in December 2018. Formerly the union’s No. 2 officer as secretary-treasurer,
she has years of experience overseeing the complex financial management, administrative,
staff recruitment, personnel, fundraising, IT and social media operations of a far-flung
organization involved in field organizing, contract bargaining and administration,
legislative and legal affairs, and far-reaching international initiatives. Romero worked
closely with elected UFW leaders as chair of the union’s audit and finance committee. She
ran fundraising efforts that collected $1 million to build the UFW’s new state-of-the-art
10,294-square foot facility in Salinas serving the largest concentration of unionized farm
workers in the nation. Before joining the UFW, she managed a construction company and a
law firm that helped workers with immigration and workers compensation claims. Teresa
Romero is an immigrant from Mexico who is proud of her U.S. citizenship and Mexican and
Zapotecan heritage. She has played an important part in many recent successful union
efforts, is admired by her peers for her work ethic, calm competence, organizational skills,
ability to build relationships, and Si Se Puede! Spirit.
For the last few months Teresa has attended several immigration negotiation meetings for
the Blue Card legislation sponsored by Congress woman Zoe Lofgren. This legislation
would give farm workers and their families a path to citizenship if they have worked and
continue to work in the agricultural industry for a certain number of years.
In May of 2019 she received the Ohtli award by the first Mexican woman ambassador in
the United States. This award is given on a yearly basis to Mexican citizens who work in the
U.S. and help promote their culture while opening paths for other Mexican nationals. As
President of the United Farm Workers she has been in discussions with the Mexican
government to help put emphasis on the dairy and agricultural industries that refuse to
hire woman. She is dedicated to change that type of atmosphere and create a system to
apply in both the U.S. and Mexico to hire woman while also helping create an environment
in which woman are no longer enduring verbal, mental and sexual abuse. Teresa is aware
and humbled by the fact that many farmworker women see themselves in her. She’s
helping pave the way and empowering women. ¡Si Se Puede!
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