Karen E. Magee


Karen E. Magee is a fierce advocate and leading labor voice representing NYSUT's 600,000 members who work in education, health care and human services.

An elementary teacher for 30 years in the Harrison Central Schools, Magee was elected in April 2014 — becoming NYSUT's first woman president. In her inaugural year, she has focused on mobilizing rankand- file members and intensifying organizing efforts.

Magee is a vice president and member of the executive committees of both the New York State AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Teachers, and a member of the Workforce Development Institute Board of Directors. For the second year, she was named to City & State's "Albany Power 100 List," and was a recipient of City & State's "Above and Beyond" Award for her leadership. In her first year as NYSUT president, Magee was named the Labor Leader of the Year by the Ridgewood Democratic Club, a "People's Labor Hero" by Sen. Velmanette Montgomery and received the Frances Perkins Leadership Award. She is a member of the advisory board of the Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition, and in 2016, she will serve as chair of the American Heart Association's Capital Region Heart Walk.

The longtime president of the Harrison Association of Teachers, and a graduate of the NYSUT Leadership Institute, Magee has a strong background as a statewide union activist. She was a member of the NYSUT Board of Directors; an elected trustee to the New York State Teachers' Retirement System; served for more than a decade as an officer of the Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body (WPCLB), and is the first woman to receive the WPCLB Labor Award.

Magee is known for her ability to build and work with coalitions. She was a member of the United Way of Westchester/Putnam Board of Directors and worked with Putnam Community Action Program, 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 fought to protect the medical benefits of thousands of NYSUT members.

Magee has earned degrees from Westchester Community College (Associate degree in Recreation Leadership), Mercy College (Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science), and Manhattanville College (Master of Arts in Teaching).

Email: kmagee@nysutmail.org

April 2015