Diann Woodard

Diann Woodard

Diann Woodard is currently serving her second term as the president of AFSA. She previously served as AFSA’s executive vice president and has been a member of AFSA’s GEB for twelve years.

Having been raised in a United Auto Worker (UAW) family, fighting for union rights and working families comes naturally to her. She believes in protecting the rights of working families and advancing the role of leadership in education for school administrators.

President Woodard has served the Detroit Public Schools for 36 years as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor and assistant principal. In November 1998, she was appointed vice president of the Organization of School Administrators and Supervisors (OSAS), AFSA Local 28, to complete the term of the retiring vice president. Diann won the vice president job in 1999, and in January 2000, she ascended to the presidency to succeed the retiring president. She was elected to serve three consecutive three year terms until her departure in 2009 to become the president of AFSA.

In 2008, President Woodard was elected to serve an eight-year term as a Trustee to Michigan State University. She also sits on the National AFL-CIO Executive Board, serves as a board member of the labor school at Wayne State University, and the labor board of the National Income Life Insurance Company (NILCO).  She also serves on various local boards, including the United Way.

A proud product of Detroit Public Schools, President Woodard has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, as well as a Master’s degree and Educational Specialists’ degree from Wayne State University. She also received training in Labor Management at Harvard University.
Diann is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, and mother of one daughter, Kelly.

To view President Woodard’s thoughts on education and union issues, visit her blog.