Richard Barrera is currently a Board Member of the San Diego Unified School District. When Lorena Gonzalez won her election to the State Assembly, Richard Barrera was selected to be her replacement.
The following is taken from Voice of San Diego “New Kids on the San Diego Block.”
“New gig: He’s the new chief of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, the region’s umbrella groups for unions.
“Previous jobs: Barrera serves on San Diego Unified school board. He’s also worked as a regional organizer for both the United Domestic Workers and United Healthcare Workers.
“Challenges ahead: Barrera replaces Lorena Gonzalez, who played a prominent role in regional politics. Barrera will need to etch out his own public presence and approach to leading the organization. Barrera has said he’d like to focus on forming partnerships with business leaders to improve conditions for struggling families in the region.
“His approach: “My background is I’m an organizer and what that means is the way that I approach any challenge is I try to pull as many people together who care about the situation facing working families. It’s about engaging people and developing solutions and building coalitions between people who even might have a variety of different perspectives.”
- School trustee Barrera on track to lead labor group (utsandiego.com)
- Labor council taps Barrera to succeed Gonzalez (fox5sandiego.com)