AFT Vice President
Michael Mulgrew became the fifth president of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) in New York City in 2009. He was elected to his first full term in 2010 and re-elected in 2013. He also is an executive board member of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).Mulgrew spent 12 years as a classroom teacher at Brooklyn’s William E. Grady High School, where he also served as UFT chapter leader. From his election as UFT vice president for career and technical education high schools in 2005 and subsequent appointment as chief operating officer in 2008, Mulgrew has spearheaded the UFT’s engagement in a wide range of successful advocacy campaigns on behalf of students and members.
Mulgrew has worked to build alliances and create opportunities for collaboration, and prides himself on his work with parent, civic and community groups. He has led the union’s efforts to transform education in New York City and to secure the rights to jobs, justice and freedom for all New Yorkers. Mulgrew sits on the boards of the Council for Unity, CUNY’s Joseph S. Murphy Center for Labor, Community & Policy Studies, and New Visions for Public Schools.
A Staten Island native, Mulgrew attended the City University of New York College of Staten Island, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in special education.