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    Updated October 22, 2009

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Susan Borenstein is Equity's new Assistant Executive Director for Strategic Programs & Planning


Susan Borenstein

Ms. Borenstein joins the Association from the senior staff of the AFL-CIO where she served as a Senior Field Representative for New York State. Among her many achievements during her 11 year tenure, she worked alongside State AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes in creating the Arts & Entertainment Committee which has helped to focus the entire labor movement on the importance of the entertainment industry and its issues.

"Susan is a most welcome addition to our National staff," said Executive Director John P. Connolly. "Her background and experience in organizing, communications and public policy will be a tremendous asset to Equity as we move forward. She will work closely with our Executive Team in the development of Equity's ongoing strategic long range planning for growth."

"I am absolutely delighted to become part of the Equity family," said Ms. Borenstein. "I look forward to working with the members, leaders and staff of Equity to build the Union's power on behalf of actors and stage managers and to enhance Equity's presence in the broader labor movement."

For 14 years Ms. Borenstein worked with Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, first as an organizer and then as Director of Organizing and Special Assistant to Mary Landolfi, current President of the Local. At 802, she also pioneered innovative and successful strategies in organizing jazz, freelance, and symphonic musicians.

She began her career in the human rights movement, working with pro-democracy forces in Latin America during the 1970s and '80s, becoming Executive Director of the National Chile Center of the United States. In 2001, the Congress and the President of the Republic of Chile awarded her the Bernardo O'Higgins Medal, that nation's highest award bestowed upon a non-Chilean.

Ms. Borenstein serves on the boards of Urban Agenda and the Hofstra University Center for the Study of Democracy and Labor, and the Union Leadership Institute of Cornell University. She holds a B.A. in Labor Studies from the State University of New York, a Master of Science in Organization Development (with Distinction) from American University, and is contemplating preparing for her final Ph.D. oral exams in Political Science and International Relations at the City University of New York.






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