AFT Vice President
Ronald Gross is the second vice president for the New York State United Teachers. Elected to the position in 2020, Gross oversees program services for the union, which address a wide range of issues, including health and safety concerns and the unique needs of small and rural locals. Member constituencies serviced through his office include school-related professionals, healthcare professionals, new members and retiree members.
As part of his union work, Gross strives to foster unity among NYSUT members and to highlight the value of union membership. He believes that when union members work in solidarity, there are few goals that can’t be achieved.
President of the William Floyd United Teachers in New York for over 11 years, Gross was born and raised in the William Floyd community. For 30 years, he taught social studies at William Floyd High School, his alma mater.
An AFT delegate, Gross has served since 2017 as one of three active teacher members on the 10-member New York State Teachers’ Retirement System board. He conducts pension and retirement workshops, chairs the disability review committee, serves on the investment committee and is a delegate and attendee at the NYSTRS annual meeting. He is also an active member of the National Council on Teacher Retirement.
Gross earned a master’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook and a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland.
Biography updated October 2020