Teófilo Reyes, Chief Program Officer, Restaurant Opportunities Center United
Dr. Teófilo Reyes guides and supports workplace justice, high road, and policy programs at ROC United. Previously, Teófilo served as Research Director for ROC United and was responsible for reports on restaurant working conditions in Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Seattle, and the Bay Area, groundbreaking reports on the impact of the subminimum wage on sexual harassment and restaurant industry growth, and a matched-pair audit of discrimination in fine dining restaurants across the country. Prior to ROC, Teófilo served as co-director and staff writer at Labor Notes, director of tie-global in North America, helped build the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras, helped found the National Coalition for Dignity and Amnesty, and was a community organizer with the United Farm Workers in Chicago and Detroit. Dr. Reyes’ first job was at McDonald’s. Teófilo holds a BA in Economics and Russian from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago, where he received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. He was a visiting scholar and lecturer at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. Teófilo was born in Carson City, Michigan, and raised in Mexico City.