Profile: Marilyn Sneiderman



Marilyn Sneiderman brings with her over 30 years of experience, dedicated to labor, community, immigrant, and racial justice organizing through on-the-ground coalition building, strategic campaigns, and grassroots organizing. From 1996 to 2005, Sneiderman served as Director of the National AFL-CIO’s Department of Field Mobilization. Under her leadership, the AFL-CIO launched Union Cities and the New Alliance, national initiatives designed to unite community, union, religious, and civil/immigrant rights groups across the country to campaign for decent jobs, better schools, and social and economic justice in states and cities.

Prior to joining the AFL-CIO, Sneiderman held a number of key positions in national unions, as well as being a rank and file member, steward and local union officer with AFSCME. She was education director at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; she served  on the  senior faculty  at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies, where she coordinated  organizing, coalition building, leadership, and civil and women’s rights  programs. She was the community action coordinator at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Sneiderman has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School, where she taught “Organizing for Social Change” with Professor Mari Matsuda, and at the University of Illinois, where she taught "Labor and Social Movements."

Sneiderman edited the Organizing Guide for Local Unions and Numbers that Count, which introduced the “organizing model of unionism.” She also co-authored Labor in the Pulpits with Kim Bobo.

Sneiderman holds B.S. and M.S.W. degrees in social work from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she majored in community organizing and women’s studies.  Sneiderman has consulted with a number of national unions on organizer training, organizational development and executive coaching. She serves on the boards of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund and Interfaith Worker Justice.  In 2000 she was named one of the 25 most influential working mothers in the Unites States by Working Mother magazine. She most recently served as executive director of AVODAH, a national faith based social justice organization since 2010. 

  • Education

    B.S., University of Wisconsin at Madison 

    M.S.W., University of Wisconsin at Madison