SAG-AFTRA has tapped labor relations attorney Susan Nelson as executive director for its New England local.

She replaces Tom Higgins, who left the post to become the union’s national director of broadcast.

Nelson has worked for more than 25 years in labor relations. Since 2008, she has served as counsel to the Connecticut State Employees’ Association, SEIU Local 2001 in Hartford, Conn.

Nelson will oversee a staff of six at the New England Local and will be introduced at the upcoming membership meeting, scheduled for April 1 in Boston.

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