Maria Elena Durazo is the International Union Vice President for Civil Rights, Diversity and Immigration with UNITE HERE. UNITE HERE currently represents 270,000 members working in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries in the U.S. and Canada.
Maria Elena has been elected to numerous national positions within the Democratic National Party. She has served on several Los Angeles City Commissions under mayors Tom Bradley, Richard Riordan, and Antonio Villaraigosa. She sits on various boards, including LAANE; the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board; the Los Angeles Coalition; and United Way.