Bethany Khan is the Director of Communications & Digital Strategy at the Culinary Union. She uses strategic communications, technology, data, and digital strategy to support working families in Nevada.
Bethany is a first-generation daughter of immigrants who overcame many struggles to make sure she had opportunities they never had. Because of their sacrifices, she was the first in her family of 10 to go to college and graduate with a bachelor’s degree.
Bethany graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and has used those skills to fight for justice. Bethany has a family members who are undocumented and works with the Culinary Union fighting for comprehensive worker-centered immigration reform.
As spokeswoman for Nevada’s largest union and immigrant organization, Bethany is proud to use her digital and strategic communication skills to support workers in Nevada so that they can have the opportunity to provide for their families.
The Culinary Union has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Nevada hospitality workers and their families with middle-class union wages and good benefits. In eight decades, the Culinary Union has become an essential economic institution and a strong political force in the Battle Born State.
Bethany’s work communications and digital strategy played a major role in the Culinary Union’s electoral work in the last presidential election. In 2016, The Culinary Union had the largest and strongest political operation in the battleground state of Nevada. 300 UNITE HERE and Culinary Union members took a two month leave-of-absence from their hotel and casino jobs and knocked on over 350,000 doors, talked to over 75,000 voters, and delivered 54,000 early votes as political organizers. The Culinary Union went into Election Day with over 60% of membership registered to vote and with rank-and-file membership fully engaged, Nevadans elected the first Latino to Congress – Ruben Kihuen, the first Latina to the Senate – Catherine Cortez Masto, and the former Culinary Union political director, Yvanna Cancela, was appointed the first Latina State Senator.
Bethany was named one of Vegas INC’s Women to Watch in 2016 and currently serves as a board member on Planned Parenthood of Nevada, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, and the Las Vegas Sun’s Community Editorial Review Board, where she represents the Culinary Union, 57,000 workers and their families, and labor issues. Her goal is to elevate workers’ voices and have their voices heard in local and national media.