Who Am I

Nat T. Bender

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American Federation of Teachers New Jersey, Edison, NJ August 2010 to present
Communications Director. Staffer for 30,000-member education state federation.

·       Led strategic planning exercises to focus leadership and staff on increasing member involvement.

·       Authored and edited multiple successful op-ed placements; manage regular press outreach.

·       Developed web presence and regular email outreach program to membership. Manage social media campaigns and vehicles. Launched online videos, including message crafting, production and editing.

Rutgers School of Mgmt. & Labor Relations, New Brunswick, NJ Sept. 2012 to present
Labor Educator.

·       Worker education classes taught: Labor and Media, Building Strong Unions, Working in Coalitions, Labor History, Public Speaking and Media Skills.

·       Developed and taught undergraduate course: Images of Labor in Media.

Union of Rutgers Administrators-AFT, New Brunswick, NJ Sept. 2007 to July 2010
Executive Vice President.

·       Transitioned from inside organizer to take elected office after new organizing campaign for 2,400 member local.

·       Functioned as full service elected staff representative, responsible for organizing, bargaining and enforcing contract and handling grievances.

NJ Small Business Development Centers at Rutgers Business School, Newark, NJ 1996 to 2008
2003 – 2008 Director of Communications

2000 – 2003 Director of E-Business Services

1996 – 2000 Information Services Manager

·       Responsible for marketing and communication for small business assistance program.

·       Provided direct consulting services on marketing and communication strategies.

·       Developed program to integrate market research into strategic planning

AT&T Capital, Parsippany, NJ 1995 to 1996
Communications specialist. Wrote and implemented crisis communication plan during corporate transition.

·       Wrote and edited newsletters for employees and clients.

·       Created user-friendly, intuitive corporate intranet site for employees.

PTN Publishing, Hackensack, NJ 1990 to 1995
Assistant Editor.

·       Wrote monthly news features on health and nutrition topics and covered breaking industry news.

·       Recruited and directed efforts of freelance writers. Edited articles and columns written by contributors.

Gannett Publishing, Forbes Publishing, City News Publishing 1988 to 1993
Staff Writer. Covered local news, politics throughout central New Jersey for daily and weekly newspapers.

·      Wrote articles on topics including municipal budgets, urban redevelopment, tax rates, school administration, public safety and entertainment.


Education and Certifications

  • Master in Labor and Employment Relations, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, New Brunswick, NJ 2009
  • Master in Communication and Information Studies, Rutgers School of Communication and Information, New Brunswick, NJ 2006
  • Bachelors in Journalism/Mass Media, Rutgers School of Communication and Information, New Brunswick, NJ 1990


  • Social Media Essentials, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, 2019
  • Graduate Certificate in E-Commerce, Rutgers Business School, Newark, NJ, 2000
  • Webmaster Certificate, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, 1996

Additional Activities

  • 2009 to present. Member – NJ Universal Healthcare Coalition. Single-payer advocacy group.
  • 2012 to present. Member – Labor Fightback Network.
  • 2009-2013. Twice elected to Union County Democratic Committee in competitive races.
  • 2005. AFL-CIO Organizing Institute.