Diann Woodard


  • Leadership and governance
  • Workplace issues

Diann Woodard is currently serving her second term as the president of the American Federation of School Administrators. She previously served as AFSA’s executive vice president and has been a member of AFSA’s General Executive Board for 12 years. Fighting for union rights and working families comes naturally to Woodard, who was raised in a United Auto Worker family. Woodard has served the Detroit Public Schools for 36 years as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor and assistant principal. She was appointed vice president and, later, president of the Organization of School Administrators and Supervisors, AFSA Local 28, where she served until her departure in 2009 to become the AFSA president. Woodard is serving an eight-year term as a trustee to Michigan State University. She also sits on the National AFL-CIO executive board and is a board member of the labor school at Wayne State University and the labor board of the National Income Life Insurance Company. Woodard has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, as well as a master’s and educational specialists’ degree from Wayne State University. She also received training in labor management at Harvard University.