Newly elected AFT-NM President Whitney Holland
AFT NM News:
ALBUQUERQUE – Delegates of the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico (AFT NM) selected Whitney Holland to lead the union of educators and Kathy Chavez as executive vice president during its Bi-Annual Convention today in Albuquerque.
“After nine years of local and state service to AFT NM, I am humbled to step into this important role. After a year of unprecedented challenges created by the on-going pandemic, I will continue to be a strong voice for both our students and the tens of thousands of professional public educators represented by our union across New Mexico,” Holland said. “Even though our union has new leadership, we will remain rooted in our values of a strong, vibrant, and equitable public education for all students, fairness in our communities and places of work, and progressive public policy for our State. The trust placed with me by my peers and fellow educators will not be taken for granted, and I am ready to get to work and create a modern, accessible, transparent, and inclusive union for our members and future members.”
Chavez spoke about today’s election of Holland as president.
AFT-NM Executive Vice President Kathy Chavez
“There is palpable excitement for today’s results. As a leader, both locally in Los Alamos and at the state level, Whitney Holland has demonstrated her commitment to our union and the values we fight for on behalf of the students we serve and the educational professionals we represent,” Chavez said. “A veteran educator in Los Alamos Public Schools, Whitney has also served as the president of the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees for five years and is a member of the union’s statewide Paraprofessional School Related Personnel Organizing Task Force. Whitney’s service also includes terms as AFT NM Treasurer and Secretary. Her long and steadfast dedication to our union has been rightfully recognized by the voting delegates at our Convention. I am personally excited to see Whitney use her talents to lead our union.”