Maria Elena Durazo

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President
Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees International Union, Local 11

Ms. Durazo has served as the elected president of UNITE HERE Local 11 in Los Angeles since May 1989. In 1996 she became the first Hispanic woman on the executive board, overseeing a union with a national membership of more than 250,000. In June, Ms. Durazo received the Graciela Olivarez Award from the National Council of La Raza for her outstanding contribution to promoting the interests of Hispanics.
 
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