No. 39: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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39. Alma Hernandez

Alma Hernandez, executive director of California’s biggest union, the 700,000-member SEIU, makes sure that SEIU’s positions get political support. She stepped into the SEIU’s top staff spot in July of 2016, moving up from political director to take over for departing director Jon Youngdahl. The move made Hernandez the first Latina to head a statewide union of this size. The union represents janitors, home care workers, social workers, professors, school workers, health care workers, and city, county, and state workers. Under Hernandez’s direction, there is little doubt about where the SEIU stands on issues – particularly issues related to President Donald Trump, and what she calls “Trump’s racist immigration bill.”

Updated Aug. 29, 2017

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