Janella T. Hinds


The Brooklyn resident is a graduate of Princeton and New York University and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a certified Social Studies teacher who worked eight years as a dean, student council advisor and conflict resolution specialist while teaching at public high schools in Brooklyn.

Prior to her work at the NYCCLC and the UFT, Janella was Public Policy Director for the New York State AFL-CIO, and she is currently a delegate to the annual conventions of the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and its state affiliate, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). She is a member of the American Federation of Teachers’ Black and Latino Caucuses, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), among other organizations. Janella also serves on the executive board of the New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell University Union Leadership Institute.

A skilled negotiator, Janella has been a driving force in the UFT’s campaigns against the unjust closing of public schools and has played a crucial role in the negotiations to make teacher evaluation more comprehensive.