Thomas Yale Hobart Jr.
Thom Hobart has been president of New York State United Teachers since its inception in 1972. Since then the organization has grown from 100,000 to 500,000. Mr. Hobart also serves as Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee of both the American Federation of Teachers and the New York State AFL- CIO. He co chaired a 1991 Committee on School to Work Transition which produced the report, “Education That Works: Creating Career Pathways For NY State Youths”.
Hobart has been vice chair for both the New York State Employment and Training council and the Job Training and Partnership council. He co founded the New York State Labor Religion Coalition and served as an international observer in elections held in Nicaragua, South Africa and Chile and has represented the labor movement in more than 40 nations. He serves on the Board of Governors of the United Way of America and formerly was chair of the United Way of New York State. Hobart is a former member of the National Education Association Board of Directors. In 1998 Homework Central, the largest academic research site on the Internet, named Mr. Hobart as one of the 100 most influential people in United States public education.