Celeste Drake is the Directors Guild of America’s Executive in Charge of Government Affairs.
Drake is responsible for the Guild’s federal legislative and governmental work, serving as an advocate for the DGA and its members on key issues such as: intellectual property, copyright and anti-piracy protections; pension and health; and issues relating to the protection of DGA members’ creative and economic rights. Drake will also coordinate and manage the work of the DGA Political Action Committee (PAC) and DGA PAC Leadership Council.
Previously, Drake was the trade and globalization policy specialist at the AFL-CIO. In that role, she advocated for reforms to U.S. trade policy to create shared gains from trade on behalf of working families. Drake has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, various House subcommittees and the U.S. International Trade Commission, and made presentations before the European Union’s Economic and Social Committee. Prior to her work at the AFL-CIO, Drake served as legislative director for Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), legislative counsel for Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), and clerk for the Honorable David R. Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Drake has a Juris Doctor, a Master of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.