CWA Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens

Sara Steffens was elected secretary-treasurer of the Communications Workers of America by delegates to the union’s 75th convention on June 8, 2015.

As CWA secretary-treasurer, Steffens is responsible for overseeing the union’s operating budget, investments and membership funds, facilities and other operations. She also is charged with ensuring full fiscal and legal compliance by the International union and locals with all government, financial and regulatory requirements.

Before her election to CWA’s second highest ranking office, she served as secretary-treasurer of The NewsGuild-CWA, the CWA affiliate representing journalists and other media workers.

A native of Minnesota, Steffens earned a journalism degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. and beginning in 1999 worked as a reporter for nine years at the Contra Costa (California) Times. There, she successfully led her co-workers at the Times and its sister newspapers in the Bay Area News Group to organize and join the Northern California Media Workers Guild, now known as Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521.

Steffens was among a group of union activists fired two weeks after the vote, but she continued to work with The NewsGuild and CWA, ultimately bargaining a first contract for workers at the newspaper group.

Steffens and her family live in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.