Donna Rey, EdD

Chief Operating Officer, 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds

Donna Rey is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds, which provide comprehensive self-insured, self-administered healthcare and retirement benefits to members and retirees of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, New York’s largest union representing healthcare workers and their dependents. As COO, Dr. Rey brings her leadership and over 30 years of experience implementing organizational change to oversee the operations for the Benefit and Pension Funds, as well as those joint administrative services that support the entire Family of Funds, which include the Training and Employment and Child Care Funds—encompassing Finance, Information Technology, Security Risk Management, Eligibility, Legal Operations, Facilities and Human Resources. In this capacity, Dr. Rey is responsible for the management of more than $3 billion in benefit payments and administrative and benefit-related costs; for contributions from more than 650 employers; and for benefits and services to more than 400,000 covered lives and nearly 1,700 Funds staff members.

Prior to joining the Funds in 2006, Dr. Rey served as Chief Executive Officer for the Regional Operations Center at the NYC Department of Education, as Assistant Vice President for Human Resources-Management and Organizational Services at Columbia University, as Chief of Staff/Associate Director for Administration at the Office of Victim Services and as Assistant Commissioner for Administration at the NYC Department of Finance. She has served as an advisory board member and process consultant to several community-based organizations, and has also taught Organizational Behavior as an adjunct professor at New York University and Principal Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Rey received a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Master of Science from the W. Averell Harriman School for Management and Public Policy and a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University.