AnaElsa Aviles possesses extensive experience working with non-profit, labor organizations, and other entities at a national and international level. For over a decade, she served in professional and management positions with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) managing national programs out of SEIU’s headquarters in Washington, DC. From 2000-2004 she served as Country Director for the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO in Paraguay and Mexico. Prior to joining the Labor Management Project, AnaElsa served as Education and Training Specialist with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in Washington, DC.
AnaElsa also served as Legislative Aide to former DC Council Member Hilda Mason who chaired the Committee on Education during her tenure in Washington DC’s City Council. AnaElsa’s public service supported Councilmember Mason’s oversight of DC’s public schools and the University of Columbia. In addition, AnaElsa was appointed to the DC Mayor’s Commission on Latino Community Development in Washington, DC where she also served as Chair (2009-2010).
Her areas of expertise include program design and management, adult education, organization development, community relations, leadership development, facilitation, strategic planning, grant management, research and policy analysis, among others.
Her outstanding research skills resulted in awards from the National Labor College and Brown University’s Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Program. Throughout her career, AnaElsa has been committed to promoting education, workforce and leadership development, social and economic equity advocacy, assisting underserved immigrant communities, working with diverse stakeholders, and ensuring language access and opportunities to non-English language speakers.
AnaElsa is a native of El Salvador and is fluent in Spanish, English and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.
She holds a Masters degree in Organizational Development & Knowledge Management from the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies.