AFT Vice President
John McDonald has been the president and chief negotiator of the Henry Ford Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1650, in Dearborn, Mich., since 1978. He also has served as AFT Michigan’s vice president for higher education since 1978 and as a member of the AFT Higher Education program and policy council since 1991. He was first elected as an AFT vice president in 2012.
McDonald represents AFT Michigan on the board of the Coalition for a Secure Retirement and is a member of the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO executive board. He is chairman of the United Schools Association, a political action committee representing Dearborn Public Schools and Henry Ford Community College employee unions.
The president of Michigan’s State Board of Education recently appointed McDonald to a state board committee reviewing Michigan’s higher education attainment and success and strategy.
McDonald received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. His teaching career at Henry Ford Community College has focused on English composition and 19th-century American literature. McDonald is past president of the Dearborn Rotary Foundation, serves on the board of the Henry Ford Community College Foundation and is active in many community organizations.