Rocío Sáenz is SEIU's international executive vice president after being elected at the International Executive Board meeting in September 2013. Prior to her election, she headed the New England property service location in Boston, which represents 18,000 workers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
Sáenz has advocated for the rights of workers and more powers for the community for most of his adult life. He emigrated from Mexico to Los Angeles, where he initially worked in low-wage jobs. Sáenz became the organizer of the Justice for the Careers of SEIU campaign in 1988 and was part of a team that led a successful campaign to organize Los Angeles custodians.
In August of 2001, Sáenz moved to Boston to develop there the Justice program for the Concierges and to take the premises forward. A year later, he led thousands of Boston custodians into a one-month strike that drew widespread support from the media, clergy, politicians and community groups. The strike ended with a historic agreement that dramatically improved wages, benefits and workers' rights.
In July 2003, Sáenz was elected president of SEIU Local 615 (now SEIU's 32BJ District 615), where she continued to win victories for the workers.