Tefere Gebre is the Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO. Tefere, born in Gondar, Ethiopia, was a political refugee and immigrated to the United States as a teenager. A standout track and field athlete, he attended Cal Poly Pomona on an athletic scholarship. While in college, Tefere worked his first union job as a night shift loader at UPS and a member of Teamsters Local 396. Since, Tefere has devoted his entire life to the values of hard work and a voice at the workplace. Tefere served as the Executive Director for the Orange County labor federation starting in 2008. During his tenure Tefere redefined the growing labor movement in Orange County, Calif., and was one of the key forces in advancing progressive change in the traditionally conservative county.