Speaker Biographies

Economic Recovery & Worker Justice for All: Growing the Economy Through Antiracist Policy


Angela Hanks: Acting Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. 

Before joining the Department of Labor, Angela served Deputy Executive Director of the Groundwork Collaborative, working to advance a cross-cutting economic narrative for the progressive movement. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic, among others, and she is a regular contributor to Forbes.com. 

Angela has served as a program director at CLASP and the Center for American Progress. She also worked at the National Skills Coalition and began her career on Capitol Hill as a counsel for House Oversight and Government Reform committee and legislative assistant to Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD). 

Angela earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from George Washington University and her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. 


Rigo Valdez: Presidents’ Organizing Initiative Coordinator, Martin Luther King, Jr. County Labor Council

Rigoberto Valdez, Jr. currently serves as the Presidents’ Organizing Initiative Coordinator at the Martin Luther King, Jr. County Labor Council. He is also Director of Organizing and Vice President of UFCW Local 770. He has organized workers in every sector the UFCW represents, including the historic victory at Smithfield foods in Tar Heel NC. For more than 20 years, Rigo has dedicated his life and career to organizing workers, including with the AFL-CIO and SEIU. As the son of immigrant farm workers from Indio, Ca, he has dedicated himself to help organize and build the movement for immigration rights.  

Currently, Rigo serves on the UFCW 770 Executive Board, is the President of the United Latinos of the UFCW, is a Vice President on the OUTreach (UFCW LGBTQ+ Caucus) Executive Board, a member of the Executive Board of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and is a delegate to the L.A. County Federation of Labor, and is a Commissioner on the Los Angeles County, Immigrant Protection and Advancement Taskforce. 


Alex Camardelle: Director of the Workforce Policy Program, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. 

Dr. Alex Camardelle leads the Workforce Policy program at the Joint Center, centering Black workers in policy debates concerning the future of work, workforce development, and access to good jobs. Dr. Camardelle previously worked at the at the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute and Annie E. Casey Foundation.  

He serves on the board of directors for Foreverfamily, Inc., a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting youth with incarcerated parents. He is a member of Georgia Center for Nonprofits 2017 30 under 30 and Georgia State University’s 40 under 40 alumni class. 

 Dr. Camardelle holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Alabama. He has also earned his Master’s of Public Administration degree in policy analysis and evaluation and Doctor of Philosophy degree in educational policy studies from Georgia State University. He a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.