Eric Zachary (he/him)

Co-Director, Midwest Academy

Eric Zachary is the co-director of the Midwest Academy.

Eric has deep roots in both community and labor organizing. Before coming to the
Midwest Academy, he was the co-director of the Department of Human Rights and
Community Relations at the American Federation of Teachers. He led the union’s
efforts to build local union-community coalitions organizing for educational and social
justice in cities and towns across the country. Prior to his work at the AFT, Eric was the
co-director of the Community Organizing and Engagement Program of the Annenberg
Institute for School Reform at Brown University. In that role, he was the founding
coordinator of the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, or CEJ, a coalition of
community groups and unions organizing for educational excellence and equity in the
city’s public school system. Before that work, Eric was a union organizer for Local 1199
of the Hospital and Health Care Workers Union. He was also an Associate Clinical
Professor in NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where he taught
Community Organizing and Public Service. A life-long resident of Brooklyn, Eric is a
product of public education from kindergarten through his doctorate.