Carmen Rojas

CEO, The Workers Lab

Carmen Rojas is the CEO of The Workers Lab, an innovation lab that invests in entrepreneurs, community organizers, and technologists to develop new ways to build power for working people in the US.  The Workers Lab invests capital, offers business development training, and connects ventures to a broad network of supporters.  She has over 15 years of experience working with organizations to test revenue models & exploring the range of capital vehicles that can scale power building.

Prior to assuming this position, Carmen was the Acting Director of Collective Impact at Living Cities where she worked with 22 of the largest foundations and financial institutions in the world.  From 2008 to 2011, Carmen was the Director of Strategic Programs at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, where she oversaw the Foundation’s Green Access and Civic Engagement programs.  She has a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and is a Fulbright Scholar.

Authored Content

  • Feb 07 2018
    Blog Post Addressing the $1,000 Problem: A Necessity for the Workers Who Are Shaping our Future It is hard to be a worker in America today. Research shows that wages have stagnated over the past 30 years and 55 percent of people report living paycheck to paycheck. The safety net and workplace protections that once buoyed working people are rapidly disappearing, shifting risk and uncertainty away from companies and governments to […] Alyson Wise, Carmen Rojas