Nina Esposito-Visgitis has been an active member of the Pittsburgh community for over 30 years. Her long record of community leadership led the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers to appoint her as their new president in September 2011. Nina has been instrumental in reshaping the Pittsburgh public school system, and was a central figure in the creation of RISE, the teacher evaluation system that has gained national recognition for its innovation and utility.
Nina also led the effort to involve teachers more directly in the Empowering Effective Teachers initiative. Her other involvement with the Pittsburgh community includes: serving as a Building Representative, Executive Council Board Member, PFT Staff Vice President for Middle Schools and as co-chair of the Special Education Communication Council; connecting speech and language specialists with the PFT through her work with the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association.