Derek Smith

Political Director

UFCW 324

Derek Smith grew up in Los Angeles. He worked for many years as an accountant in the film industry and, during that time, began volunteering with the Santa Monica Living Wage campaign. Through that work, he eventually became an organizer with UNITE HERE Local 11 and went on to help organize numerous campaigns. He is now the political director at UFCW 324, which represents over 23,000 grocery workers, retail clerks, meat cutters, pharmacists, cannabis & Disney workers in Orange and Southern Los Angeles Counties.