Elissa McBride is the Secretary-Treasurer AFSCME. Her previous role was as Director of Education and Leadership Training. Elissa has been a union member, organizer and educator since 1989. She worked as an organizer for an industrial union, helping factory workers form unions in North Carolina, Texas, and New England. She spent five years at the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute, which was created to recruit and train union organizers. In 2001, she began working for AFSCME, where she is responsible for developing the skills and knowledge of union members, leaders and staff across the United States. She is a graduate of the Midwest Academy, the American University/National Labor College Masters Program in Organization Development, and the Rockwood Leadership Institute Yearlong Fellowship.