Shari Obrenski

Shari Obrenski

AFT Vice President

Shari Obrenski is president of the Cleveland Teachers Union. Prior to becoming president of the CTU, she spent 22 years teaching American history and government at the Jane Addams Business Careers Center in the Cleveland Municipal School District.

Obrenski is a proud product of public education, having graduated from Jefferson (Ohio) Area High School, as well as earning a bachelor’s degree in education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a master’s degree in education from Cleveland State University.

Her experience with the CTU before becoming president includes serving  as third vice president, senior high and special schools; chair of the CTU publications and social committees; member of the grievance committee (including director of grievances from 2008 to 2014), and director of negotiations.

As director of negotiations, Obrenski led the CTU members to two ratified contracts (2016 and 2019) that were good for the students of Cleveland and fair for the members of the CTU.

Obrenski also serves at the first vice president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, board chair for the North Shore Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO), and as a vice president for the Ohio AFL-CIO. She and her husband, Dan, have been married for 28 years and have two adult children, Kaitlin and Kyle.