Why I Believe That I Am The Most Qualified Person To Serve as an NEA Executive Committee Member
In order to be a successful member of the NEA Executive Committee, I believe that you must be fluent in educational issues and union advocacy work. You must be capable of working with a large and diverse membership, state and local leaders, staff, media and outside partners. A successful candidate must have a full understanding of the organizational structure and the financial and business aspects of the NEA and the state and local affiliates. In addition, an NEA Executive Committee member must be able to make hard decisions about where to allocate our limited resources. I have demonstrated these skills and abilities as a local and state leader. Working with my members and staff, I have:
- Taught in a large urban K-8 school facing many of the challenges that our members face in so called “underperforming schools” and have sought to promote teacher-and union-led solutions.
- Served as the public spokesperson on panels, committees, commissions and in the media at the local and state levels as a large urban local president and state leader.
- Negotiated multiple collective bargaining agreements and presented and resolved hundreds of grievances as a large urban local president.
- Presented at forums and sat on state and national panels representing the important role of the union in leading change.
- Done outreach to various other unions, business, community, minority and education groups to develop support for public education and our members.
- Worked with a large Board of Directors, hundreds of local presidents and staff, rank and file members, legislators, administration officials and external coalition partners to successfully negotiate local contracts, pass legislation and regulations, advocate for more school funding and protect collective bargaining, pre K-higher education.
- Organized successful ballot and electoral campaigns to preserve resources and elect candidates to support public education.
- Worked with the Board, members, and staff to produce a new strategic action plan for the MTA.
- Implemented and incorporated the Strategic Action Plan into all facets of MTA.
- Developed and implemented multiple local and state budgets and put MTA on very solid financial footing with six months of operational expenses in reserve and an employee pension plan that is at or near 100 percent funded.
- Oversaw a major reorganization of the MTA and the hiring process to replace nearly 50 percent of staff, including managers and executive directors during the past seven years.
- Participated in and led labor coalitions dealing with pensions, healthcare and ballot initiatives.
- Participated in and supervised the sale of our Member Benefits business operation.
- Oversaw the deliberations of whether to sell the MTA Boston Headquarters building and am currently managing the marketing and potential sale of the site.
This extensive background and experience demonstrates that I bring to the NEA Executive Committee broad hands-on experiences as an educator, local and state leader, state officer, and NEA leader. I know that with my background, I will be able to help lead NEA and our state affiliates in engaging all of our members and positioning NEA as the primary voice of the profession and public education.