New York – Lillian Roberts, New IVP
New IVP Lillian Roberts (Photo by DC 37)
Lillian Roberts, executive director of New York City’s largest public employee union, District Council 37, became an AFSCME International vice president (IVP) in June. In 2002, Roberts was elected the first female executive director of DC37. The membership re-elected her to three-year terms in 2004, 2007 and 2010. She took the oath of office during a meeting of AFSCME’s International Executive Board, which determines the union’s policies and procedures. Roberts, who began her career with AFSCME in Illinois, first became an IVP in 1964 when she was elected to the post by that state’s delegation. She was the first African-American woman to hold that title.