Enlace is a strategic alliance of low-wage worker centers, unions, and community organizations in Mexico and in the U.S. We partner with our member organizations in international campaigns to motivate abusive multi-sector transnational corporations to treat workers and communities with dignity and respect.
Enlace uses an integrated approach to organizing, creating unique campaign strategies while developing systems strengthening organizations internally. Our strategies often cross industrial and sector lines for reasons relating to both workforce development and campaign strategy.
In addition, the Enlace Institute presents trainings in strategic organization development that were developed over the many years of learning through our campaigns. Our collaborative brainstorming processes are useful for virtually all work groups in base-building organizations.
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Peter Cervantes-Gautschi, Executive Director
Peter Cervantes-Gautschi has been a labor activist since 1965, starting as a farmworker picking marigold petals. He has led organizing for the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (now UNITE/HERE!), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Communication Workers of America (CWA). He headed the South Bay and San Mateo County labor councils in California, started one of the first immigrant worker centers, the Workers Organizing Committee in Portland, Oregon, and co-founded the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition and several other labor-community coalitions. Since the 1980s, he has been studying organizational regeneration in labor unions and other low-wage worker organizations. He has been director of Enlace since its founding in 1998.
Mary Mendez, Deputy Director
Mary was the lead organizer and trainer for Enlace’s Sara Lee, Pung Kook, Tyson, Seafood Worker Justice and Tornel campaigns, designing and implementing leadership development programs alongside the campaign work. She recruited international allies and coordinated synchronized cross-border actions in these ground-breaking campaigns targeting multinational corporations operating in Mexico. Mary was an organizer with the Stemlit apple warehouse workers in Eastern Washington, and was the first person to win an international complaint against the U.S. under NAFTA. Mary is now the lead trainer in the Enlace Institute, designing and conducting workshops in planning and evaluation for low-wage worker organizations and their allies. She has been an organizer with Enlace since 2000 and has been Deputy Director since 2010.
Abigail Singer, Development Coordinator
Abigail has extensive experience in strategic communications, grassroots fundraising, and organizing for social change. She has worked as both an organizer and fundraiser for several environmental justice, climate justice and immigrant rights organizations. Over the past two years, Abigail helped lead the organizing efforts of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC), one of Enlace’s partners in the National Private Prison Divestment Campaign. Previous to her work with PCASC, Abigail was a Community Organizer with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) in Chicago and a Co-Coordinator of the national network Mobilization for Climate Justice. She is a co-founder of Rising Tide North America and has worked with communities fighting dirty energy projects around the country.
Jamie Trinkle, Campaign Coordinator
As the Coordinator of the National Private Prison Divestment Campaign, Jamie implements campaign strategy, assists allied organizations in local campaign work on the ground, and manages the campaign’s internal and external communications. Jamie has a diverse background in law, community and student organizing, grassroots project development, and tracking dirty money in the environmental sector. Prior to joining Enlace, she broadened the network of the National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer program in Portland, OR. As an environmental justice activist in California, she organized direct actions targeting the fossil fuel industry players who pollute Bay Area communities of color and researched the financiers of those companies and Alberta Tar Sands projects.
Mariana Mendoza, Institute Coordinator
Mariana joined the Enlace team this July to help facilitate trainings with the Enlace Institute. Mariana started working with underserved communities in Mexico by helping them transform their communities to be more sustainable. She worked with refugees in Louisville, Kentucky as community developer, English tutor and counselor. In Mexico City she was part of Oxfam GB campaigns, Gender Awareness Internal Campaign and GROW, a food justice campaign. For the last year she has lived in Los Angeles, where she helped parents build a sustainable future for themselves, their children and their communities, designed housing projects for homeless women and children, and implemented a Sustainability Workshop for the Latino community. Mariana is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Urban Sustainability and is working with Enlace to help organizations working for justice build the leadership they need to achieve their goals.
Prison Divestment Campaign
Jonathan De La Cruz
Joseph Sicaeros Saurez
Seafood Worker Justice Campaign