Speaker Profile

Rafael Navar

National Political Director
Communications Workers of America
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Since early 2012, Rafael Navar has served as the National Political Director for the Communication Workers of America (CWA), the largest Telecommunications union in the world. As one of only two current Latino National Political Directors within organized labor, he is committed to building one of the most progressive rank and file led political programs in the country. Rafael began his career working in support of international human and indigenous rights with the National Commission for Democracy in Mexico, coordinating the US portion of an international referendum on indigenous rights. His later experiences as a community organizer eventually led him to join SEIU Local 99 as Political Director. While there, Rafael dramatically increased fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and community activism, eventually assuming responsibility for SEIU International’s political operations for the entire Western Region. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Rafael currently resides in Washington DC.


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