2490 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
Joan Husted-Public Teachers Challenges
In December 2007, Joan retired as HSTA’S Executive Director and Chief Negotiator ending a career that began in 1971 when HSTA was founded. Joan holds a Baccalaureate of Philosophy degree from Siena Heights College and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. Joan came to Hawaii in 1966 to be a counselor at King Intermediate in Kaneohe. Later she became a District Resource Teacher in the Windward District. On the Mainland she taught sixth grade, high school English and was a counselor.
As a staff member she negotiated fifteen teacher collective bargaining agreements and guided the Association through three strikes and one walkout. Her duties included supervising field staff, legal cases, research and negotiations.
Joan served as the Chair and member of the Hawaii Commission on the Status of Women, a member of the Commission on Excellence and the Commission on Comparable Worth. Currently, she is a board member of the Education Institute of Hawaii and the Industrial Research and Relations Association. The Governor appointed her to the national governors’ Education Commission of the States. Previously, she served on both the Aloha United Way and the PBS Hawaii board of directors.
Awards: THE YWCA: Outstanding Woman Leader, StarBulletin: Pacesetter of the Pacific Award, KGMB: One of the Outstanding Women of Hawaii, AUW: Norman Ahakuelo Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority: Western Region Distinguished Service Award, Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs: leadership Award in Labor: National Labor Employment Association: Lifetime Achievement Award in Labor