Ernesto brings a deep background in labor policy, human rights, and corporate campaigning to bear as Strategy and Engagement Manager with RAN’s Finance Campaign. Ernesto served for six years as a political appointee in the U.S. Department of Labor, where his portfolio included Counter Trafficking in Persons policy coordination, guestworker protections, worker rights, human rights in global supply chains, and work-family policy.
After leaving government in 2016, Ernesto worked as an independent consultant for several leading anti-trafficking NGO’s, and served as co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST). Most recently, as a Senior Advisor at Oxfam America, he led private sector engagement efforts focused on the U.S. operations of companies, spearheaded an advocacy initiative for mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence, and managed labor policy advocacy during the early years of the COVID-19 Pandemic. An organizer at heart, Ernesto has served in volunteer or staff roles on several presidential and Congressional campaigns, with a focus on GOTV efforts. He holds a Masters in International Affairs and a B.A. in Philosophy.
“We are living in the heart of an interwoven climate, human rights and humanitarian catastrophe. Things are not ‘normal’ – they are not okay, and we can’t further delay facing the intersectional challenges of our time. I joined RAN to do my part to change the trajectory we are on as a global society. I’m here to stand together with communities suffering from deep injustice today and to work with those who have the power and the will to fund a just transition and stop funding devastation – so that together we can build a viable future for all of us.”