team-profileCarmen Rojas

The Workers Lab

Carmen Rojas is the CEO of The Workers Lab, an accelerator that invests in entrepreneurs, community organizers, technologists, economic justice organizations,issue campaigns, and businesses to create scalable and self-­sustaining solutions that improve conditions for low-­wage workers. The Workers Lab is focused on ideas, services, and products that will achieve sufficient scale to impact workers across sectors, industries, and geographies, and result in self-­sufficient revenue models.

Prior to assuming this position, she was the Acting Director of Collective Impact at Living Cities. In this capacity, she played a pivotal role supporting the work of Living Cities’ member institutions, which represented 22 of the largest foundations and financial institutions in the world. Her work focused on improving economic opportunity for low ­income people by supporting projects in the fields of economic and workforce development, energy efficiency, and asset building.

From 2008 to 2011, Carmen was the Director of Strategic Programs at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, where she oversaw the Foundation’s Green Access and Civic Engagement programs. Her charge involved participating in efforts to build power in low­ income communities and communities of color.

Prior to joining the Kapor Foundation, Carmen was the Coordinator of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s Taskforce on African American Out­Migration. As Coordinator, she developed qualitative and quantitative reports for a taskforce established by San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom to address African American displacement from the city.

In 2004, Carmen served as the Coordinator of the Social Equity Caucus, a program of Urban Habitat, a regional nonprofit organization in the Bay Area. She was primarily responsible for coordinating the work of a regional network of over 75 public, private, and nonprofit organizations to build a regional social and environmental justice movement that represents the needs of low­ income communities and communities of color.

Carmen holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2007. She taught in the Department of City & Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley from 2009­-2011. Her teaching focused on the history of cities in the US, a practicum on local economic development, planning pedagogy, and race in the practice of city planning.

michael2Michael C. Bush
Program Lead (Leadership & Entrepreneurship)

Founder, The 8 Factors

As a prolific entrepreneur, turnaround consultant, business advisor and educator, Michael C. Bush has more than 30 years of experience and has helped thousands of entrepreneurs learn how to increase business. Michael’s paradigm-shifting approach to business, distills the best content from business books, MBA theory, and personal insight into a powerfully simple and practical business framework for people who are currently running or just starting a small business: The 8 Factors.

A champion of small businesses and job creation, Michael offers refreshingly honest straight-talk with the compassionate tone of someone who has been there. A charismatic speaker, Michael draws on lessons from his childhood, to offer personal accounts that are revealing, humorous, and insightful. Through his entertaining, honest, and inspiring style, Michael forges immediate and lasting connections with audiences.

Michael received his M.S. in Management from The Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. In addition to his management consulting work, he sits on the board of Inner City Advisors and teaches entrepreneurship courses at a number of institutions including: Stanford University and Mills College. Michael is also a member of President Obama’s White House Business Council, a group of business advisors that meets at the White House to help shape policy on issues that impact small businesses and promote economic prosperity and job creation in urban areas.

tiffanyTiffany Ferguson
Special Advisor on Research and Communications

Tiffany comes to The Workers Lab with a wealth of experience in the philanthropic, public, and non-profit sectors. Tiffany is a skilled project manager after a string of early career experiences in start-up like environments playing critical support roles in communications management, event planning, strategic planning efforts, and program development and implementation. Most recently, Tiffany was a member of the Public Sector Innovation team at Living Cities supporting several multi-stakeholder grant initiatives intended to empower and equip city governments to take more innovative action to achieve broader economic opportunity for low-income urban communities.

Before joining Living Cities, Tiffany served as a Proteus Fund Diversity Fellow working at two different foundations in Western Massachusetts supporting community grant making, grade level reading advocacy efforts, and anti-racism public program delivery. Prior to that, Tiffany was a New York City Urban Fellow and Policy Analyst in a new Mayoral Office (the Office of Human Capital Development, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg) established to streamline service delivery and interagency collaboration across all workforce and adult education agency providers in New York City. Tiffany graduated from Hunter College of the City University of New York with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban America.

Board Members

David Rolf
SEIU 775

Luz Vega-Marquis
President & CEO
Marguerite Casey Foundation

Ben Geyerhahn
Chief Executive Officer

Eric Halperin
Senior Advisor
Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs

Guillermo Quinteros
Program Director
SeeForward Fund

Gara LaMarche
Democracy Alliance

Mary Kay Henry
International President
Service Employees International Union

Dorian T. Warren
Columbia University Program on Labor Law & Policy

Jose Garcia
Program Officer
Surdna Foundation

Keith Mestrich
President & Chief Executive Officer
Amalgamated Bank

Noel Poyo
Executive Director
National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders

Sean Daniel Murphy
President & Managing Director
Fund Good Jobs

Bill Dempsey
Chief Financial Officer

Freada Klein
Kapor Center for Social Impact

Margot Brandenburg
Senior Social Innovations Advisor
National Domestic Workers Alliance

Felicia Wong
President & CEO
Roosevelt Institute

Anna Fink
Women’s Equality Program
The Wyss Foundation

Paul Booth
Executive Assistant to the President

Matthew Klein
Executive Director
New York City Center for Economic Opportunity

Ian Fuller
Managing Director
Westfuller Advisors LLC

Sarita Gupta
Executive Director
Jobs with Justice

Leah Hunt Hendrix
Steering Committee Member

Laine Romero-Alston
Program Officer
Ford Foundation

Haeyoung Yoon
Deputy Program Director
National Employment Law Project

Michael Bush
The 8 Factors

Eric Liu
Founder & CEO
Citizen University

Heather McGhee


Aaron Tanaka
Founding Managing Director
Boston Impact Initiative

Eric Woods
Paladin Ventures

Nwamaka Agbo
Innovation Fellow
Movement Strategy Center

Zakiya Harris
Impact Hub Oakland
Hack the Hood

Anthony Heckman
Investor at Kapor Capital

Jesus Ramirez
Vice President

Pei Chen

David Ward
Member Benefits Coordinator

Julie Menter
New Media Ventures

Racheal Meiers