Karen E. Magee was the longtime president of the Harrison Association of Teachers, who spent nearly 30 years as an elementary education teacher before her election as NYSUT's first woman president in April 2014.
Magee has a strong background as a statewide activist, serving as a member of NYSUT Board of Directors, an elected trustee to the New York State Teachers' Retirement System and a member of numerous NYSUT committees. She is also a graduate of the NYSUT Leadership Institute and a delegate to the American Federation of Teachers convention.
Magee has served for more than a decade as an officer of the Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body (WPCLB), AFL-CIO, and is the proud recipient and first female to receive the WPCLB Labor Award. Magee has demonstrated an ability to build and work with coalitions outside of her union work. She was a member of the United Way of Westchester/Putnam Board of Directors and worked with Putnam Community Action, helping teens, immigrants, veterans and hunger advocates through WPCLB community outreach programs. As a longtime board member of the Statewide Schools Cooperative Health Plan, she continually fights to protect the medical benefits of thousands of NYSUT members.
The NYSUT president has earned degrees from Westchester Community College (associate degree in recreational leadership) Mercy College (bachelor's degree in behavioral science) and Manhattanville College (master's degree in art in teaching).