Stacy Davis Gates
AFT Vice President
Stacy Davis Gates is president of the Chicago Teachers Union and executive vice president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers.
Before she was elected CTU president in 2022, Davis Gates served four years as vice president of the union. Prior to that, she was the CTU’s political and legislative director. In fall 2019, she helped lead a 15-day strike and negotiate a historic contract that provides for smaller class sizes, ensures a nurse and social worker in every Chicago public school, secures sanctuary protections for immigrant families, and supports students and families experiencing homelessness.
While at the CTU, Davis Gates has been the architect of bold political and legislative campaigns for the schools and city that all Chicagoans deserve. She has raised millions of dollars to elect classroom teachers to all levels of local government, and challenge school privatizers and union busters. Davis Gates has also spearheaded statewide legislative campaigns to pass the strongest charter school accountability measures in the country, push for the restoration of the bargaining rights of Chicago Public Schools employees and fully fund public education by ending tax loopholes for the 1 percent.
In 2017, Davis Gates was elected chair of United Working Families, an independent political organization for working class people and movements. She also serves as a board member for the Action Center on Race & the Economy (ACRE), a nexus for organizations working at the intersection of the struggle for racial justice and Wall Street accountability.
Davis Gates is currently on leave from the classroom, where she taught high school social studies for over a decade at Englewood, Clemente, and Mason Community Links high schools. She attended Saint Mary’s College, the University of Notre Dame and Concordia University. Davis Gates lives on the South Side of Chicago with her husband and three children.