Leadership

Texas AFT is governed by an Executive Council made up of presidents from local unions across the state. Officers (president and secretary-treasurer) are elected every two years by delegates at a state convention.

President: Louis Malfaro

Malfaro served as president of Education Austin from 1999-2010, and also served as president of the Austin Federation of Teachers, from 1992-1999.

Malfaro began working as a bilingual elementary school teacher in 1987. He has served as president of the Austin Central Labor Council (2003-2007) and is an AFT vice president, a member of the AFT Teachers program and policy council and a member of the AFT organizing committee.

Secretary-Treasurer: Ray McMurrey

McMurrey is a former president of the Corpus Christi American Federation of Teachers. CCAFT, Local #3456, which was the home of two former Texas AFT presidents—John Cole and Linda Bridges—who also served as presidents of the local.

Before serving as the elected, four-term president of CCAFT, and elected president of the Coastal Bend Labor Council, he was an 18-year secondary social studies teacher. His teaching experience included seven years in Eagle Pass ISD, along the Texas-Mexico border, and 11 years in Corpus Christi ISD. McMurrey graduated from St. Edward’s University here in 1991.