Jennifer Dorning is the new president of the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE), the first woman to lead DPE in its 40-plus year history. As the first female president of DPE, Dorning will also become the first woman to lead an AFL-CIO trade department. Dorning (right) says she’s “excited to work with DPE’s 24 affiliates to continue to make gains for professionals in unions.” Prior to joining DPE in 2010, Dorning served in a number of advocacy-related positions, including as a criminal defense attorney, legislative assistant in the Oregon state legislature, and working on political campaigns for progressive candidates and causes. She succeeds Paul Almeida, who served a DPE president for 17 years; professional union membership hit a new high in 2017, with 6.15 million members. With more and more professionals interested in joining together in union, Dorning plans to seize the opportunity to help DPE affiliates continue to grow the number of professional union members. Read more here.