Prasi Gupta is currently the Director of Labor & Employer Relations, Northern California for the SEIU-UHW & Joint Employer Education Fund; a benefit for union healthcare workers to advance their career in the healthcare industry.
Prasi joined the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees International Union (AFSCME) where he served the union for 11 ½ years in different capacities. He began his career as a union organizer where he spent years leading three statewide organizing campaigns with the University of Maryland workers, the state employees of New Mexico, and family child care providers in California. Prasi then joined AFSCME’s Education and Leadership Training department as the Western Region Education Coordinator. He worked with AFSCME affiliates in five states, supporting the development of their education programs, which included a portfolio of organizing and shop steward trainings and strategic plans.
In 2011, Prasi became the Public Policy and Civic Engagement Fellow for the San Francisco Foundation, where he managed over 1 million dollars in grants to Bay Area organizations working on public policy, civic engagement, faiths, and immigration. Prasi later became the Deputy Director of the National Guestworkers Alliance working on immigrant worker and human rights campaigns; as well as developing collaborations between unions and workers’ centers. Prasi’s early career included working as a fellow for the United States Student Association (USSA) and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) before becoming an organizer for the national office of Jobs with Justice.
Prasi grew up in Rochester, NY and attended Clark University in Massachusetts receiving a degree in US History and Comparative Politics. He currently lives in Oakland, CA with his wife and son; and serves on the board of POWER CA.