Evan Eslinger began his experience with union activism as an NEA member in the suburban Kansas City area, where he spent eight years as a teacher, coach, and local association president. In 2005, he began union staff work as an Organizational Consultant and organizer with the Arizona Education Association. He then accepted a position with Education Minnesota in 2007, serving as an organizer and organization development specialist throughout the state. He began working for the NEA and became an AFSE member in 2010, eventually serving several leadership roles in AFSE and being elected AFSE president in 2019. He now lives back in suburban Kansas City, where he takes his union activism with a side of barbecue and live blues music.