Marlene Patrick-Cooper

President, Unite Here Local 23

Marlene Patrick-Cooper is President of UNITE HERE Local 23, which represents 20,000 workers, including thousands of airline catering workers in Dallas, Houston, Charlotte, and Washington, DC. Originally from Louisiana, she began her career as a rank-and-file member of UNITE HERE’s Culinary Union Local 226 in Las Vegas, where she became a staff organizer. She has led organizing campaigns in the Midwest and throughout the South.