Sally Alvarez

people / faculty

Sally Alvarez

Co-Director of the NYS AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute
Labor and Unions


Sally Munro Alvarez is the Director of Labor Programs in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Extension Division, Cornell University. Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Alvarez holds a B.A from Duke University, a master's degree in communication from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in American studies from Emory University. Alvarez has worked extensively with non-profit and service organizations, labor unions, and organizations in higher education, developing and delivering training in communication skills, leadership, promotions, fundraising, strategic planning, and other areas. Before coming to Cornell, she worked in community and union organizing, ran a public access cable television studio, wrote, produced and directed a number of documentary films, and taught communications at a college level for many years. Her work as a labor educator focuses primarily on communication, media, leadership development, organizational change, and ethics.


Book Chapters

  • Gill Kirton, Geraldine Healy, Sally Alvarez, Mary Gatta, Risa Lieberwitz, Heather Mackay. 2013. Developing and Globalising Women's Union Leadership via a Cross-National Exchange Programme. in Gendering and Diversifying Trade Union Leadership. Routledge, 2013. Sue Ledwith and Lise Lotte Hansen. (202-221)

Professional Activities

  • “Supervising Union Staff with Labor’s Values: A Presentation of Curriculum and Instructional Outcomes.” . Presented to United Association of Labor Educators. Silver Spring MD. 2009.