Richard C. Iannuzzi is a resident of Smithtown in Suffolk County, New York. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he received his Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Political Science, from Brooklyn College, Magna Cum Laude, in 1970. Iannuzzi was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society that same year. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Political and Social Foundations of Education from Hofstra University, with Distinction, in 1975 and was designated the Robert S. Guttchen Scholar. In 1984 he received a Certificate in Labor Studies from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Studies.
Iannuzzi was employed as an Elementary School teacher for thirty-four years (from 1970-2004) by Central Islip Public Schools in Suffolk County, New York. For twenty-eight years, during his employment in Central Islip, he served as an elected officer of the Central Islip Teachers Association—the last eight as the elected president. He continued his union activity as a member of the New York State United Teachers (the largest teachers union in the country) Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and in 2004 he was elected NYSUT Vice-president and in 2005 president. He held that office until 2014. Iannuzzi also served as a vice president of the American Federation of Teachers and the New York State AFL-CIO, and co-chaired the New York State Labor-Religion Coalition. He has been the recipient of numerous education and labor honors.
In addition to serving as a member of the Board of Directors at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Iannuzzi currently serves as a member of the board of directors at Ride for Life, a leading ALS Not for Profit on Long Island. Currently, Iannuzzi provides consulting support to educational and labor organizations.