Derek Schoonmaker

Workers’ Rights Program Director

Derek is the Workers’ Rights Program Director at Centro Legal de la Raza. Derek first joined Centro Legal de la Raza in December 2012 as a staff attorney in the workers’ rights and tenants’ rights programs. Prior to joining Centro Legal, Derek served as a legal fellow with Human Rights First’s Refugee Protection Program in Washington, D.C., and as a law clerk for Judge Anthony Scirica of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Derek has advocated for the rights of low-wage immigrant workers since his first year of law school, when he joined other students to organize and staff a weekly legal clinic for day laborers. Derek received his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law.