Who We Are

Working Californians is a not-for-profit research and advocacy organization made up of visionary people who believe Los Angeles and California can do well by doing good. 

We’re creating an economic environment that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship as well as dignity and respect in the workplace. 

Working Californians encourages a thriving business climate that benefits workers and the environment while rebuilding the American economy. We do this by developing public and private programs that have positive social impact and by forging collaborations with industry leaders, community, environmental and labor organizations.

We are a diverse coalition of innovators, entrepreneurs, business and community leaders, labor groups, public opinion research and community engagement professionals, public policy experts, entertainment industry executives, CEOs, policy makers, elected officials and hardworking people.

Our strength comes from our supporters and our deeply engaged partners—business leaders, union activists and the general public—who inspire innovation, smart policy changes and lasting economic growth for working families in the region.

Our Founders


Brian D’Arcy is the co-chair of Working Californians. He was born and raised in New York and has spent the majority of his adult life working on behalf of California workers. Since 1992, Brian has served as Business Manager of IBEW Local 18. Outside of his duties as Local 18’s Business Manager, he has been heavily involved in shaping policies that benefit workers across the state.


Marvin Kropke is the co-chair of Working Californians. Marvin was raised in Pico Rivera, Los Angeles. He is a Vietnam veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart for combat service. He has been a dedicated union activist and member of IBEW Local 11 for more than 35 years. He currently serves as Business Manager for IBEW Local 11.