Jolene T. DiBrango was elected executive vice president of the New York State United Teachers in April 2017. She oversees NYSUT's research and educational services department and the union's professional development arm, the Education & Learning Trust. She leads NYSUT's advocacy with the New York State Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department.
DiBrango, a longtime middle school teacher and union leader from the Rochester area, was elected to statewide office after serving three terms as president of the Pittsford District Teachers Association. From 2014 to 2017, she also served as one of three active teacher members on the board of the New York State Teachers' Retirement System.
An executive board member of the New York State AFL-CIO, DiBrango is a graduate of the NYSUT Leadership Institute and attended the New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute. She was elected as an AFT vice president in October 2017 and also serves on the AFT Teachers program and policy council.
DiBrango began teaching in 1994 and spent the majority of her career teaching sixth grade. A graduate of SUNY Oswego and Nazareth College, DiBrango holds three teaching certificates in elementary education, reading and business education.