March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Aida Cardenas

Building Skills Partnership, SEIU USWW
Executive Director
As executive director of Building Skills Partnership (BSP), Aida Cardenas leads a unique training collaboration between the janitors’ union (Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West or SEIU-USWW), responsible businesses, and the community to advance the skills and opportunities of low-wage building service workers across California.
Cardenas has over 20 years of experience coordinating and directing educational, leadership, and organizing initiatives with janitors and other low-wage service workers. She has led efforts to develop and support the Parent University program which provides training for parents to advocate for educational access and opportunities. The program leverage the labor management relationships to access the hard to reach community at their workplace.
Cardenas was appointed to the LA County Workforce Development Board and is part of the LA Council for Immigrant Integration. She is also on one of the advisory committees for the National Skills Coalition and is a contributing author to the recently published: Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out!