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Herta Suarez

Herta Suarez
National Director, Special Projects
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)

• Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Herta has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico and a M.A. in Industrial (Labor) Relations from the University of Cincinnati.

• She has worked for AFTRA since 1985 and in 1988 became the 1st Executive Director of the Tri-State Local of AFTRA with offices in Cincinnati, OH.  The Tri-State Local is the result of the merger of the Indianapolis Local, the Louisville Local and the Cincinnati/Columbus/Dayton Local.

• Since 2000, Herta holds the position of AFTRA National Director of Special Projects.  She is based out of the Miami Local of AFTRA with offices in Hollywood, Florida.  Her new responsibilities include coordinating organizing initiatives with immediate priorities related to Spanish Language media and "right to work" areas.

• Upon her departure from Ohio, Herta was recognized by many for her 17 years of leadership and dedication to AFTRA and Tri-State members. The Governor of Ohio, Bob Taft, issued a letter of commendation for her outstanding service to the labor community.  The Ohio Senate recognized her for all her efforts on behalf of performers and broadcast staff.  The Mayor of Cincinnati, Charlie Luken, proclaimed May 31, 2002, the "Herta Suarez Day" recognizing her accomplishments through her work to raise industry standards for performers and broadcasters.  Tri-State Local members granted Herta the "2002 Andre Carlon Union Spirit Award" the most cherished award in the Tri-State, given every year in honor of Andre Carlon, the founder of the Cincinnati Local, to those who have worked to make AFTRA a stronger and better union.  

• She is a past President of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA), a national organization that brings together unions, management and neutrals in the field for the purpose of studying, researching and developing better and new strategies for the world of work.

• Herta is a member of many industry and advocacy organizations such as: National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ); National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP); National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and others. She serves on the Executive Board of the Miami Chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).