Nicky Gonzalez Yuen

Speaker Profile

Nicky Gonzalez Yuen

Nicky González Yuen served on the steering committee of the successful San Jose Minimum Wage campaign in 2012 and is now focused on campaigns in Berkeley and Oakland. Grassroots organizing is a hallmark of Nicky’s work—as a community college teacher at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA; as a faculty union leader; on the boards of the Alameda County Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus and the Wellstone Democratic Club; as a local elected official on the Peralta Community College Board since 2004; or as an environmental activist. He spearheaded his union’s student internship project and initiated numerous “Campus Camp Wellstone” student organizer trainings for the De Anza and Peralta campuses. In 2001, Nicky was a Congressional Fellow in the office of the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone with whom he studied as an undergraduate at Carleton College. He earned both Ph.D. and JD degrees from UC Berkeley.