AFT Vice President
Don Carlisto is co-president of the Saranac Lake (N.Y.) Teachers Association and a full-time middle school English language arts teacher, a career he has pursued for more than two decades.
A former union building representative and grievance chair, Carlisto also serves on the New York State United Teachers board of directors and is a member of the affiliate's executive committee.
Strong community partnerships and direct, effective action by union members have been a major focus of Carlisto's work and leadership in organized labor. He is a founding member of the North Country Alliance for Public Education, a community coalition that unites educators, parents and other partners to address problems that range from inappropriate corporate encroachment in public schools to accountability based on blame-and-shame tactics against schools and educators.
Carlisto was also a lead organizer in two of the most effective and noteworthy union mobilizations in recent years: the "Picket in the Pines" demonstration in Lake Placid, N.Y., against destructive school reform schemes, and the 2015 "Call Out Cuomo" bus tour.