The Labor Center understands that workers are whole human beings whose lives go beyond their workplace and whose work lives are deeply affected by what happens in their communities. When Black people suffer racist attacks in their communities—whether the attacks come in the form of police and extrajudicial violence, or underfunded public education, or exposure to environmental degradation, or mass incarceration—these are workers’ rights issues.
Labor Center Leadership
Brenda Muñoz has over 15 years of experience working with labor unions and organizations in the non-profit, public, and private sectors to improve the lives and well-being of working people. She has diverse skills as an organizer, strategic researcher, policy analyst, and manager.
Prior to joining the Labor Center, Brenda led the strategic and programmatic direction of the Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership’s Labor Liaison Program. She served as a bridge between public and private sector union leaders and Kaiser Permanente leaders on health benefit and worker well-being issues. Earlier, Brenda worked as a policy analyst at the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO), and, as a graduate student, with the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement researching and analyzing employer compliance with the historic San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance. As a staff member at the Berkeley-based non-profit Labor Project for Working Families, Brenda conducted outreach and education among union members around work and family balance issues. She also worked at AFSCME in several states, including California, Maryland, and New Mexico, as both an organizer and a strategic researcher. Brenda has a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
As deputy chair, Brenda provides operational and programmatic oversight for the entire Labor Center, in addition to doing substantive programmatic work in her areas of interest and specialization.
Additional scrutiny from law enforcement during protests on top of pandemic restrictions serve as a “double whammy” for people of color, said Brenda Muñoz, deputy chair of UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education.