John McDonald

John McDonald

AFT Vice President

John McDonald has been the president and chief negotiator of the Henry Ford Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1650, in Dearborn, Mich., since 1978. He also has served as AFT Michigan’s vice president for higher education since 1978 and has been a member of the AFT Higher Education program and policy council since 1991. He was first elected as an AFT vice president in 2012.

McDonald serves on the AFT’s Democracy Committee, Committee on Political Education, and Human and Civil Rights Committee. He is chairman of the United Schools Association, a political action committee representing the employee unions at Dearborn Public Schools and Henry Ford Community College.

He has served on the Michigan Coalition for Secure Retirement, the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO Executive Board, and a recent Michigan State Board of Education committee reviewing Michigan’s higher education attainment, success and strategy.

McDonald is a past president of the Dearborn Rotary Foundation, serves on the board of the Henry Ford Community College Foundation, and is active in many community organizations and political campaigns.

McDonald received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. His teaching career at Henry Ford Community College has focused on English composition and 19th-century American literature.