Chuck Rocha was born and raised in Tyler, Texas and began his career at age 19 as a union worker for the Springfield Tire Company and a member of United Rubber Workers Local 746. His passion for organizing the Local 746 earned him the record of youngest officer ever elected in their Local. Eight years later, he was appointed as the National Political Director of the United Steel Workers of America and became the only Latino serving under that title in a major national union. As their Political Director, Chuck managed a $30 million dollar annual budget, in addition to recruiting and managing 12,000 member activists and 435 release staff.
In 2009, Chuck founded Solidarity Strategies, a consulting firm that specializes in providing political services including mail, phones, media, translations, design, and general consulting. Solidarity brings together his 20 years of political experience and draws on the talents of other pro-labor, progressive partners.
Chuck is a graduate of the Harvard University Trade Union program. He has served on the board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and is a current Fellow for the Center for National Policy.
Chuck frequently makes appearances on the news providing insight on Latino and current political issues and races. He is a regular contributor to MSNBC and FOX News as a Latino vote expert and as a democratic strategist.