UNITE HERE VICE PRESIDENT FOR IMMIGRATION, DIVERSITY AND CIVIL RIGHTS
Enrique is a native of Uruguay, where he attended college in Montevideo and then moved to San José, California in 1983. He began his tenure in the hospitality industry as a dishwasher; over the years he rose through the ranks of UNITE HERE to become Business Manager of Local 19 in Silicon Valley and helped to transform UNITE HERE to be a leader in immigrant and worker rights.
He is a leader in the community, serving in a previous role on the Downtown San José Task Force. He is a board member of Team San José and the President of Working Partnership USA. And he is a strong supporter of the labor movement in California: He is the President of the California State Council of UNITE HERE, Vice President of the California Labor Federation, and Treasurer of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council. He is married to Ada Briceño, Co- President of UNITE HERE Local 11, and a proud father and grandfather.