Jessica Tang for BTU President
@JessJTang

Jessica Tang is President of the Boston Teachers Union, representing 10,000 active and retired educators. She is a co-founder of the Teacher Activist Group-Boston and serves as a board member for several civic and labor groups including Citizens for Public Schools and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. As a teacher-activist, she has been involved in many different community organizations that are working to advance racial, social and economic justice. Jessica serves as a Vice President of both the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and American Federation of Teachers-Massachusetts, and is a former co-chair of the Massachusetts Asian-American Educators Association.  She is also serving a three year-term on the New England Federal Reserve Advisory Board.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Harvard University (’04) and holds an Ed.M. (’06) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

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Testimonials

“Jessica Tang offers dynamic, committed, savvy, and collaborative leadership. I fully support the vision articulated in her principles and believe that she will help move our union forward.”

— Amika Kemmler-Ernst, Retired Teacher

“Jessica Tang’s candidacy for President of the BTU is beyond exciting. Our membership is incredibly diverse! It would be great to see this diversity represented in the leadership of our Union. Jessica will not only reengage our most disengaged membership but will also support ALL of our member from our wise veterans to our newest and youngest members. I support Jessica Tang for President without any reservations and with a new found enthusiasm!”

— Christiaan Summerhill

“Jessica has proven herself a tireless supporter of social justice causes. At every opportunity, she has voiced her support and organized others to stand with labor, with the forces of equity, with those who are disenfranchised or belittled by a system of high-stakes for the under-served. Most importantly, she has a vision that encompasses and honors our natural allies — the students and families of the Boston Public Schools. More than anyone I have known, Jessica Tang has put her mind to the task and her boots to the ground in the work of building coalitions that promote and protect public education across our larger community.”

— Seth Peterson

"Jessica Tang knows that we bring out the best in children when we bring out the best in us."

- Mel King