Connolly takes new task

AFTRA prez named to S.F. Fed's board of economic advisors

John P. Connolly, national president of the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, is assuming a new role.

The AFTRA topper has been named to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Economic Advisory Council for a three-year term. The 10 members of the Economic Advisory Council provide information on current and pending developments in the regional and national economy.

In an announcement Tuesday, the Fed said Connolly will provide observations and opinions to members of the board of directors and management of the San Francisco Fed on the present state of the economy and the developments in the entertainment/broadcasting industry.

Connolly was first elected the head of AFTRA in 2001. The 70,000-member union represents actors, newscasters, announcers, singers, dancers, comedians and others working in TV, radio, sound recording, commercials and new media. He served five years on SAG’s national board and on national committees for Actors’ Equity; he’s also on the AFL-CIO General Board, a VP of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and a trustee of the AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds.

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