Alvin Vincent, Jr. appointed Executive Director of the Actors’ Equity Association

Actors’ Equity Association, the national union representing more than 51,000 professional live theater actors and directors, has appointed Alvin Vincent, Jr. to be its 12th executive director. He assumes the role on February 1. He replaces Mary McColl, who announced in June that she would leave at the end of her contract.

Vincent joins Equity of the International Union of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), where he most recently served as International Vice President and Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region since 2005. Since joining joined the UFCW as a member in 1988, then as a staff organizer in 1990, Vincent has been a tireless advocate for workers and social justice. He has been identified by executive management for critical projects due to his ability to quickly build strong union organizations, develop dynamic teams and maximize the power of workers’ voices.

“I am honored to join Actors’ Equity Association, an organization where the voice of members really matters, as an Executive Director,” said Vincent. “I look forward to building an organization that continues to be at the forefront of workers’ rights, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion not only for its members, but also for the industry as a whole. “

“When we started this process, I expected that we would hire a new CEO for our industry. But Al Vincent convinced me as soon as we met him,” said Kate Shindle, president of the Actors’ Equity Association. “I am incredibly motivated by his passion for effective and targeted communication and messaging, his commitment to organizational transparency and accountability, his creative approach to problem solving and, above all, his desire to create a real sense of belonging. , inclusion, security and equity. He believes in the dignity of workers and the inherent respect that hardworking artists deserve. I truly believe that we are about to enter a momentous era, and that we are incredibly fortunate to welcome Al Vincent to Equity. “

While at UFCW, Vincent established a culture of growth within local unions, training leaders to embrace organizational change. He also launched a work management partnership with Smithfield Foods and local food banks to donate 25 million servings of food to underserved communities and founded a hybrid political action committee focused on engaging energetic candidates. for the change.

Coming from a multigenerational family of union members, Vincent Rose rose through the ranks of UFCW leadership building expertise as a competent and innovative organizer, negotiator, mobilizer and labor policy strategist. A long-time board member and advisor to the Keystone Research Center for Public Policy, he advises on economic development, income inequality, wages and education.

Vincent joined Equity at a critical time in the history of the union. As Equity undergoes a transformative effort to respond to the pandemic, be more inclusive, increase its impact, and modernize its technology, infrastructure and processes, Vincent is entering the organization at an inflection point to shape its future. As Executive Director, Vincent will be responsible for the direction of the organization (including the operational and financial management of Equity’s professional staff based nationally) and the process of collective bargaining and contract monitoring for more 40 national and regional contracts.

Equity partnered with executive search firm Stanton Chase International to lead the process that led to Vincent’s hiring. A committee of equity advisers headed by Senior Vice President Wydetta Carter has selected the finalist candidates who will be interviewed by the entire National Board. The board voted unanimously to offer the position to Vincent.

“As the theater industry goes through tough times, Equity is making the changes necessary to move forward with strength, diversity and inclusion,” said Actors’s Equity Association Senior Vice President Wydetta Carter. “As one of three leaders of color in the history of the Actor’s Equity Association, I am delighted to see Al Vincent, Jr. become the first black executive director of our union. As our members and leaders unions across the country build their relationship with Al, they will get to know a labor and worker organizer, a strong negotiator, a trust builder, a strategic planner, an auditor and a union leader committed to change, for whom the diversity and inclusion is never an afterthought but a part of every action. “

Vincent received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore and his BA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He will be splitting his time between New York and Washington, DC. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Christyne Neff, and their two children. Vincent will be available to the press for interviews in February.

ACTORS ‘EQUITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1913, is the American union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and managers. Equity strives to advance the careers of its members by negotiating salaries, improving working conditions and offering a wide range of benefits (health and retirement included). Member: AFL-CIO, FIA. www.actorsequity.org

Andrew B. Reiter