Kim Roberts Hedgpeth to leave union on April 30

Kim Roberts Hedgpeth has decided to step down as SAG-AFTRA Co-National Executive Director on April 30. She had been in the top spot for the past two weeks since SAG and AFTRA agreed to merge after 31 years of service at AFTRA.

Her departure leaves David White as the sole national exec director for SAG-AFTRA.

“It was with great pride and enormous satisfaction that I joined union members, colleagues, and staff on March 30th to celebrate the overwhelming vote in favor of the merger of AFTRA and SAG,” said Hedgpeth. “Having achieved this important goal, for which many of us worked tirelessly for so many years, now is the right moment to begin a new chapter in life.”

Hedgpeth had served as AFTRA’s National Executive Director since 2005.

She joined the AFTRA staff in 1981, including Co-Executive Director of the New York Local, Executive Director of the AFTRA San Francisco Local/SAG San Francisco Branch, AFTRA Assistant National Executive Director for News and Broadcast and AFTRA’s Associate National Executive Director.

White said, “Kim’s tireless effort and many contributions to performers over the years helped build first AFTRA, and now SAG-AFTRA, on solid foundations that will support and represent actors, broadcasters and recording artists for years to come. I am personally grateful for her leadership during the merger process and the work that she has done to ensure a successful integration of our two organizations.”

From 1998 to 2001, she took a hiatus from the union to serve as Director of Labor and Employee Relations at Harvard University and Vice-President of Human Resources for Safe Horizon in New York City.

Hedgpeth also served as a Trustee of the AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds, a member of the boards of the AFM-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies and SoundExchange, a VP of the AFL-CIO’s Department for Professional Employees and a VP of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America. She is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, 12th District Economic Advisory Council.

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