Luis Conde grew up as a farm worker in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He migrated, following the crops to states like Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico and Arizona before settling near Delano, Calif., to work in fruit and vegetable crops.
Conde joined the National Farm Workers Association founded in 1962 by Cesar Chavez, more than 35 years ago. In 1966, the year it became the United Farm Workers, he worked at Schenley Vineyards near Delano under the first union contract negotiated between a grower and farm workers union in U.S. history.
In 1985, he became regional director for Proteus Inc., overseeing the administration of contracts under the Workforce Investment Act, benefiting job seekers, laid off workers, youth, incumbent workers, new entrants to the workforce, farm workers, and persons with disabilities.
He also oversaw welfare-to-work and CalWorks contracts and programs for the organization.
Later, he coordinated with staff to implement programs, monitor performance measures and monthly program expenditures. As program coordinator for the organization, he supervised staff, provided training and employment at a field office and oversaw daily staff operations.
Conde is presently executive director of Proteus Inc. in Delano. He joined the board of directors of the Cesar Chavez Foundation in 1996. He is also on the board of directors for the Farm Worker Institute for Education and Leadership Development.