Randi Weingarten


  • Education reform
  • School reform
  • Standardized tests
  • Teacher evaluation
  • Teachers unions

Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. She was elected in July 2008, following 11 years of service as an AFT vice president. Weingarten served for 12 years as president of the United Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2. For 10 years, Weingarten chaired New York City’s Municipal Labor Committee, an umbrella organization for the city’s 100-plus public-sector unions, including those representing higher education and other public service employees. From 1986 to 1998, Weingarten served as counsel to UFT president Sandra Feldman. A history teacher at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights, Weingarten helped her students win several state and national awards debating constitutional issues. She worked as a lawyer for the Wall Street firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan for three years. Weingarten holds degrees from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Cardozo School of Law.