AFT Vice President
Donald Carlisto is president of the Saranac Lake (N.Y.) Teachers Association and a full-time middle school dean of students. His career in public education spans more than two decades.
A former union building representative, negotiator 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 was a founding member of the North Country Alliance for Public Education, a community coalition that united educators, parents and other partners to address problems ranging from inadequate funding for rural schools to accountability based blame-and-shame tactics against schools and educators.
An advocate for community schools, Carlisto has leveraged the experience of the AFT and NYSUT to help grow and expand this model in his district and region.
Carlisto was also a lead organizer in one 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.