Andy Stern is the former president of the 2.2-million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the largest union of health care, hospital, nursing home, homecare, janitors, security officers, childcare, food service and state workers, and the fastest-growing union in North America. Under his tenure as president, SEIU bucked the trend and grew by more than 1.2 million workers, turning traditionally underpaid service work into jobs that can help support a family and lift up a community.
SEIU was also widely credited for creating the most effective grassroots political organization and raising the country’s largest political action fund that helped elect President Barack Obama in 2008, and was recognized as the most engaged and influential advocate of healthcare reform, helping secure the historic passage of the 2010 Health Care Reform Act.
Andy’s name is frequently found on the short lists for everything from Washington’s most influential leaders on healthcare to Modern HealthCare’s Top 10 leaders. He was featured in cover stories on the New York Times Magazine, BusinessWeek, and Fortune. In 2010, Andy was the Fox ‘Power Player of the Week”, had the “Last Word” on CNN with John King, was a Washingtonian Magazine “Top Power Player.”
Mr. Stern was a Presidential Appointee on the Simpson-Bowles Commission and is now a Senior Fellow at Columbia University. His first book A Country That Works was published in 2005, and his new book—-Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Restore the American Dream calls for America to debate and take bold action in the face of the massive potential of job disruption.
In addition to his role at Growth Squared, Andy is currently a Senior Fellow at the Columbia University Richman Center.
Andy began working as a social service worker and member of SEIU Local 668 in 1973. He was the organizing director for SEIU before his landmark election as the union’s youngest president in 1996. After launching a national debate about the fundamental change needed to unite the 9 out of 10 American workers who have no organization at work, Stern led SEIU out of the AFL-CIO and transformed the national labor landscape by founding the Change to Win labor federation with six other major unions in 2005.
Andy is a board member of the Broad Center, the Hillman Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and SIGA Technologies, Inc., as well as a lifetime Trustee of the Aspen Institute. Andy is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and has two children Matt and Cassie.