Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute 2017
Zarai Santos is a native San Diegan and a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology. Before joining California School Employees Association as a Labor Relations Representative, she was the Imperial Political Coordinator for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, she worked in solidarity with a number of unions and non-profit organizations to achieve social and economic justice. She has been a committed community activist through youth civic engagement, union advocacy, and community empowerment in predominately Latino neighborhoods.
Zarai believes in the labor movement and collective power that many working families have sacrificed to achieve, including her family in the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) Union in Oxnard, CA. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and is passionate about political education that addresses the intersection of race, class, and gender inequality. In her spare time, Zarai enjoys reading, listening to music, and traveling.