Labor Center

Labor Center

Labor Center Staff

Karen Orlando
Associate Labor Specialist

Karen is part of the Labor Center's leadership development team. In her work she concentrates on strengthening and developing new ties between the Labor Center and the university's students, faculty and staff. She runs the successful Labor Summer internship program, and also leads several other leadership development workshops. Prior to joining the Labor Center, she worked for 10 years at SEIU 616 with homecare workers, where she focused on developing members' leadership capacity as they undertook various campaigns. She also worked in Washington, D.C. for the National Academy of Sciences as coordinator of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship and the Pew Health Policy Program. Karen has an M.S.W. in Community Organizing from San Francisco State University.

Areas of Expertise
• Labor Organizing
• Care Industries
• Popular Education
• Labor-University Collaborations

Current Projects
Labor Summer
The Labor Center's yearly summer internship program that places UC students in unions and CBOs to learn organizing or research skills.

A two-day conference bringing together labor unions, community organizations and student groups to learn about popular education techniques that can be used for leadership development and organizing effective campaigns.

Strategic Research Workshop
A two-day workshop for beginning union researchers and graduate students interested in working in labor.

Curriculum Vitae PDF


Karen Orlando Phone: (510) 643-8366

Center for Labor Research and Education
2521 Channing Way # 5555
Berkeley, CA 94720-5555
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A public service and outreach program of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment