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).