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Adam Urbanski

President, Rochester Teachers Association

Urbanski, a former high school teacher and college professor, has been president of the Rochester Teachers Association for 40 years.

He is also a vice president for The American Federation of Teachers and serves on AFT’s executive committee and democracy committee. And he serves on the board of directors and executive committee of New York State United Teachers.

Urbanski was the founding director of the Teacher Union Reform Network, as well as a trustee of the National Center for Education and the Economy and a senior associate to the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future.

He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and a Ph.D. in American social history from the University of Rochester. He has been awarded the Phi Delta Kappa Leadership in Education Award; the Hutchinson Medal Award for Distinguished Public Service from the University of Rochester; and an honorary doctorate from SUNY Oswego.

This profile is part of Rochester Business Journal's Power 100 list for 2022. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. View the full list at


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