Jigme Ugen

Jigme Ugen is the first Tibetan refugee to be elected as a labor union leader. He had worked in several non-profit organizations across the world before immigrating to the US in 2001, to work for the Late Senator Paul Wellstone. After the Senator’s tragic death, Jigme joined SEIU HCMN as an organizer. In 2007, he was elected Executive Vice President, and currently is the EVP of Finance. As an internal organizer he serves the members at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Phillips Eye Institute. Jigme represents the union as a Trustee on the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation; SEIU State Council and the Twin City Hospital Workers’ Pension Fund. He is the Vice President of the Asian Pacific Islanders Caucus of SEIU. Also a board-member on the Minnesota AFL-CIO; the Working Partnerships and the Blue Green Alliance. He leads the union’s Racial and Social Justice Programs and is involved in the climate & environmental justice. Jigme was born in Kalimpong, India and graduated from Delhi University with diplomas in Political Science, English and Economics. Jigme is deeply engaged with the Tibetan community and Tibet’s independence movement. He has a daughter named Zenden.