Jonah Lalas graduated from UCLA in 2002. He spent the next 6 years as a union organizer with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The early years consisted of organizing Los Angeles hospital workers to fight for better pay, health insurance, and a voice in patient care. He then moved to Texas where, as organizing director, he led the effort to organize the 13,000 city employees in Houston. The campaign resulted in a historic first contract that included improved wages and benefits and established a $10/hr minimum wage. A Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, he is currently pursuing a law degree at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).