Online conference: Towards an effective and equitable digital education ecosystem


Randi Weingarten

Education International, United States

Member of Education International's Executive Board, Chair of EI's OECD Advisory Committee and President of the American Federation of Teachers


Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers and other school employees, higher education faculty and staff, nurses and other healthcare professionals, and government employees. Prior to her election as AFT president in 2008, Weingarten served for 12 years as president of the United Federation of Teachers in New York City. Under Weingarten’s leadership, the AFT has grown in size and influence and today is the fastest-growing higher education and healthcare union in the United States. Weingarten is devoted to improving the lives of students, families and communities and to strengthening public education, the labor movement and the right to vote—cornerstones of opportunity and democracy. Her commendations include the Roosevelt Institute’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Distinguished Public Service Award and being named one of the most influential leaders by the Washingtonian, Washington Life, City & State New York and the New York Observer. Weingarten holds degrees from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Cardozo School of Law and taught social studies at New York City’s Clara Barton High School. She is an active member of the Democratic National Committee and numerous professional, civic and philanthropic organizations. Weingarten lives in New York with her wife, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum.

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