26. April Verrett
This isn’t a trick question: What’s the largest SEIU local in California? Hint: It’s not SEIU Local 1000, which seems to get the most attention. Actually, it’s SEIU Local 2015, which has 380,000 members and not only is the largest local in California but is the largest in the United States. The person running the show at 2015 is April Verrett, a dyed-in-the-wool union organizer who worked in the Midwest before coming to California. She took over following the departure of Laphonza Butler, a regular on our Top 100 list, who went to a campaign strategy firm. Verrett earlier served as Local 2015’s executive vice president, and before that she was executive veep of the 92,000-worker HCII, SEIU’s health care operation in Illinois and Indiana, which also serves Missouri and Kansas. Long-term health care definitely is a growth industry: In California alone, the population of older adults is expected to double between 2015 and 2030 and about half of older adults are in need of assistance for their daily activities.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021