Ana Avendaño is Assistant to the President and Director of Immigration and Community Action at the AFL-CIO. She advises national and local union leaders on immigration policy and other matters that impact immigrant workers. She works closely with community partners on the quest for comprehensive immigration reform. She was formerly an Associate General Counsel at the AFL-CIO. Before joining the AFL-CIO, she served as Assistant General Counsel to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.
Ana also served as the United States Worker Representative to the International Labor Organization (ILO) Committee on Migration in 2004. She was appointed to serve on the ILO’s Panel of Experts on Migration in 2005. She testified before the Informal Interactive Hearings of the United Nations’ General Assembly with Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organizations and the Private Sector on International Migration and Development in 2006, and also served in the Appellate Court Branch of the National Labor Relations Board, and in private practice in San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC.
She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of California at Berkeley.