Profile: Sandra Schroeder
After coming to Seattle in 1975, Sandra Schroeder served on the English faculty of Seattle Central Community College from 1979 to 2013. During that time her interest in educational advocacy led to work with the faculty union, AFT Seattle. After serving as the president of the Seattle union, she was elected president of AFT Washington, the state federation, in May 2001. In that position she represented more than 6,000 teachers and staff in higher education, teachers and directors in early education, and classified staff in K-12.
Appointed to the AFT national Higher Education program and policy council in 2001, she was selected as its chair in 2008. As PPC chair, she headed a group of over 30 higher education union leaders from around the country who represent over 500,000 members in colleges and universities.
Schroeder was elected to the AFT Executive Council in 2004 as a national vice-president. AFT is the largest educational union in the AFL-CIO. representing over 1,600,000 million members in K-12, higher education, early education, healthcare and public employment.
From 2006 to 2014, Sandra was a vice president of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and remained active in many labor council arenas. She served on the boards of nonprofit community groups and on state-level higher education advisory groups.
Now retired, Sandra has returned to her first interest, poetry and writing, although she stays active in educational advocacy and intends to continue her work in social justice.