Candidate for Vice President Membership
Jude Bruno knew at an earlier age that there was work to be done for worthwhile causes to preserve the future. A product of the public school system, a PTA member of 15+ years who has served on the National PTA Board of Directors as an appointed Youth Member and an elected Member Representative; he has remained a steadfast volunteer leader at each level of PTA. He has served in several community leadership roles for Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Miami-Dade County Government.
Professionally, Jude advocates on behalf of the public school employees of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, directly supporting union members by addressing grievances, member recruitment, professional development, learning environments, and other employment-related matters in 34+ traditional public schools, 50+ central and regional offices, and across 15+ disciplines - supporting the nation's 4th largest school district as a representative of the largest labor union in the southeastern United States. Jude's membership clusters have increased by 2%, and member retention has held steady throughout the pandemic by consistently using innovative technology.
As a new father, uncle, mentor, and school support employee, Jude knows firsthand PTA's value in supporting a world-class education system for all children. He believes that PTA is at a pivotal point and must engage with young and diverse families. PTA must continue to respond to the needs of a changing America and a very much different public school system to remain relevant in the work of frontline advocacy for children and youth. We must be willing to meet families, local units, and states where they are to understand our strengths and get ahead of our challenges to achieve this goal. Building membership initiatives that focus on recruitment, retention, and diversification must be intentional and rooted in the principles of reaching children, not just their parents and guardians.