Meet Our Team
Guillermo Creamer Jr.
Co-Founder, Interim Executive Director
Guillermo Creamer Jr. is a dedicated advocate for fair labor practices and equitable opportunities in the professional realm. As the co-founder and current interim executive director of Pay Our Interns (POI), Guillermo has played a pivotal role in shaping the organization’s mission and objectives. His journey with POI began in 2017 when he assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer, demonstrating his commitment to addressing the issue of unpaid internships.
After a successful tenure as COO, Guillermo briefly explored the realm of philanthropy, leveraging his expertise to manage multi-million dollar grants aimed at enhancing civic engagement across the nation. During this time, he also joined the POI board, bringing valuable insights and a strategic vision to the organization.
Guillermo’s passion for public service extends beyond his work with POI. In a notable move, he ran for the position of Mayor in his hometown of Worcester, MA, reflecting his aspiration to contribute at the local government level. Although his political journey took him away from the day-to-day operations of POI, Guillermo remained connected to the cause, maintaining a steadfast commitment to ending the prevalence of unpaid internships.
Excited to continue championing the mission of POI, Guillermo has reemerged as the interim executive director, ensuring a seamless transition and steadfast dedication to the cause. Residing in Worcester, MA, with his husband and cat, Guillermo frequently travels to Washington, D.C., bridging the gap between grassroots efforts and policy advocacy. His leadership, coupled with a strong sense of purpose, marks Guillermo Creamer Jr. as a driving force in the fight against unpaid internships and a prominent figure in the pursuit of workplace fairness and inclusivity.
Guillermo can be reached via email and found online at X (formerly known as Twitter)
Carlos Mark Vera
Carlos Mark Vera is the Co-Founder and advisor to Pay Our Interns. Originally from Colombia, Carlos was raised in California, but moved to Washington, D.C. to attend American University. While at AU, Carlos was an unpaid intern at the White House, the European Parliament, and the House of Representatives. He knows firsthand the struggles of trying to survive while interning for free. Under his leadership, Pay Our Interns successfully convinced Congress to pass more than $31 million in funding for interns and has helped nonprofits, companies, and presidential campaigns create their internship programs.
Carlos’ efforts on Capitol Hill led him to be named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, Echoing Green Fellow, Camelback Ventures Fellow, a Top 20 Changemaker by NBC Latino, and an Aspen Ideas Fellow. He has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR’s All Things Considered, The New York Times, CNN and The Atlantic. He has also written for The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, USA Today, and NBC Latino. Carlos proudly served in the Army Reserves as a mechanic for 8 years.
William A. Powers