|District Council 1707, AFL-CIO|
Executive Director, Victoria Mitchell
Victoria Mitchell is currently the Executive Director of District Council 1707. She was recently elected to serve as an International Vice President representing the New York State Legislative District on the International Executive Board of AFSCME, the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union with more than 1.6 million working and retired members.
Up until her election in May 2014, Director Mitchell was President of Local 107. Prior to this post, she served on the District Council’s Executive Board for 25 years.
As Executive Director (the first rank and file Executive Director in the union’s history), she has pledged to expand communications with members using traditional and new media, including digital and social media, in an effort to seek wider participation in organizing and contract negotiations, developing stronger shop stewards and getting more young people involved with union activities. Her executive team is completing wide-ranging plans to revitalize the Council’s PEOPLE campaign to include all locals with an emphasis on rank and file and shop steward involvement with further expansion of the Council’s PEOPLE Committee.
In addition to her duties as Executive Director, she also serves as the Chairman of the Head Start Local 95 Health and Welfare Fund, a trustee for the Home Care Local 389 Health and Welfare Fund and the Day Care Local 205 Health and Welfare Fund. Director Mitchell is also the Executive Board member of the Cultural Institutes Retirement System which caters to the needs of employees of New York City’s leading art and cultural institutions as well as the city’s public center-based day care employees.
Executive Director Mitchell was recently voted in as a Vice President for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) as well as the Vice President of the New York City Central Labor Council. She remains active in the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), the Coalition of Trade Union Women (CTUW), the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She also serves on the executive board of Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO), a New York based non-profit organization which offers tuition aid to disadvantaged children, school supplies as well as leadership training and mentoring to Jamaican youth. Due to her involvement in service and countless accolades, Director Mitchell became the recipient of COJO’s Community Service Award and has been honored as one of Brooklyn’s Women of Distinction for her rank and file union activity as well as for her undoubtedly constant charitable work.
Director Mitchell attributes her resounding success to her beloved parents and family members who instilled a rigorous work ethic and an importance to service.
Upon immigrating to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, Director Mitchell obtained employment with ORT America, an affiliate of World ORT, the Jewish humanitarian organization which trains young people around the world. ORT America was her first union job. She quickly rose to post of shop steward and then soon after became the Chapter Chair. A series of on the job promotions led to her rise as ORT’s Development Administration Manager, before her election and current port as Executive Director.
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