Nathan A. Saunders is the elected Active Teacher Trustee on the Board. Mr. Saunders serves as the Vice Chair of the Benefits Committee, and he is a member of the Investment Committee and the Legislative Committee.
Mr. Saunders is the past President of the Washington Teachers’ Union Local 6 AFT-AFL-CIO, and he served from December 2010 through July 31, 2013. Prior to his term as President, Saunders served as General Vice President for five years and on several other boards and commissions. While serving as the General Vice President, Saunders was an advocate for teachers. Mr. Saunders is the sole derivative plaintiff in Saunders v. Hankerson et. al. which contributed to changes in national labor law concerning fiduciary duty, union representation, and financial disclosure for all labor unions in the United States. Mr. Saunders has delivered remarks before the Rotary Club International, the Yale School of Management, NAACP, NAFEO, the Women’s Democratic Club, Harvard University Trade Union Program, and many other community-based organizations.
Mr. Saunders is a certified social studies teacher on the senior high school level with expertise in history, government, economics, philosophy, and psychology. Mr. Saunders has been named to the Who's Who in American Education directory and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society. His background prior to teaching was in business and economic development where he held President and Chief Executive Officer Positions in numerous community economic development entities in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Mr. Saunders obtained his real estate license in 1984. Upon his graduation from Morehouse College, Mr. Saunders returned to serve the southeast DC community. Mr. Saunders was responsible for housing the first government facility in southeast Washington, DC on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.
Mr. Saunders holds diplomas and degrees from Morehouse College; Johns Hopkins University, Berman Graduate School of Real Estate; Harvard University School of Law's Harvard Trade Union Program; and the National Labor College and the University of Baltimore. His areas of expertise include: labor relations, labor unions, public service employment, public schools, and education policy. Mr. Saunders is a native Washingtonian who currently lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Chandrai Jackson-Saunders, a school psychologist in the District of Columbia Public School system.
His current term expires on January 27, 2017.