Trade & Globalization Policy Specialist, AFL-CIO
Celeste Drake is the Trade & Globalization Policy Specialist at the AFL-CIO, a job she boils down two main goals: 1) try to improve U.S. trade policy so it doesn’t undercut democracy, gut the American manufacturing sector, and send more U.S. jobs overseas; and 2) try to improve labor rights globally so that empowered workers can race to the top instead of allowing global corporations to force a race to the bottom.
Celeste has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, various House Subcommittees, the International Trade Commission, and the Executive Branch’s Trade Policy Staff Committee.
Prior to joining the AFL-CIO, Celeste served as Legislative Director for Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA), Legislative Counsel for Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Clerk for the Honorable David R. Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and Economics and World History teacher at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, CA. She has a J.D., an M.P.P., and a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.