Michael MulgrewAFT Vice President
Michael Mulgrew became the fifth president of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) in New York City in August 2009 and subsequently was elected in a landslide victory by the UFT membership in April 2010, winning 91 percent of the vote. He also is an executive board member of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).
A Staten Island native, Mulgrew attended the City University of New York (CUNY) College of Staten Island where he graduated with a B.A. in English literature and a master’s degree in special education. He began his teaching career as a substitute at South Richmond High School IS/PS 25, instructing students with special needs, while volunteering weekends at CUNY, teaching at-risk creative writing to high school students.
Mulgrew became a full-time teacher at Brooklyn’s William E. Grady High School in 1993 and served as the school’s UFT chapter leader from 1999 to 2004. Under his stewardship, Grady High School emerged as one of the union’s strongest and most unified chapters, winning the UFT’s Eli Trachtenberg Award in 2002.
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 was instrumental in organizing the “Keep the Promises,” “One New York: Fighting for Fairness,” and “For Our Kids” coalitions between 2008 and 2010 that led to the restoration of hundreds of millions of classroom dollars and prevented thousands of layoffs.