Congressional District #5
Legislative District #61B
Term Dates: August 26, 2014-June 30, 2020
Louise Sundin, Minneapolis, is the interim president of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. She previously served as the executive vice president of the organization representing more than 80,000 organized workers in the nine-county west metropolitan area. Sundin also serves on the Minnesota Board of School Administrators.
A career ninth-grade English teacher in Minneapolis, Sundin served 25 years as a national vice president of the American Federation of Teachers and 22 years as president of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59. She is a co-founder of TURN, the Teacher Union Reform Network, that works to transform unions into agents of change and she is co-chair of Great Lakes TURN.
Sundin is currently Chair of the Board of The Guild, an approved authorizer of public charter schools in Minnesota. The Guild is the only charter school authorizer in the country that was created by a union. The goal of The Guild is to create and support excellent charter schools for Minnesota’s children where teacher voice, leadership, and professionalism is an expectation embedded in the design.
Sundin created a collaborative union/university program in which more than 500 teachers earned their master’s degrees or education specialist degrees in leadership and curriculum and instruction. She holds bachelor’s degrees in language arts, speech and English from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Thomas.
Sundin is founder of Math Online, a unique and free homework helpline to assist students in doing their math homework via computer. She hosted her own hour radio program, "Education Matters" for more than three years and served 22 years on the United Way Board.
Gov.Tim Pawlenty appointed Sundin to the Board of Trustees in 2008 for a six-year term expiring June 30, 2014. She was reappointed by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014 for a six-year term ending June 30, 2020.