Dr. Enrique Lopezlira is the director of the Low-Wage Work Program at the UC Berkeley Labor Center. He is a labor economist, directing and conducting research on how policies affect working families, with a particular focus on how these policies impact racial and gender equity.
Dr. Lopezlira has extensive experience in economic and policy analysis. He previously served as a senior policy advisor for economic and employment policy at UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza), the largest Latino civil rights organization in the nation. He also served as deputy director for policy and research at Western Progress, a think tank advancing progressive policies and change in the eight states of the Rocky Mountain West.
Dr. Lopezlira has advised various government agencies and testified at the state and federal levels. He is often asked for his economic insights and analysis by both English and Spanish media. His media appearances include CNN, CNN en Español, Univision, Al Jazeera, Politico, and the Washington Post.
Dr. Lopezlira holds a doctorate in economics from Howard University. He also holds a master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from Arizona State University.