Nora Cay Ryan is the chief of staff/assistant to the president for the Chicago Federation of Labor, the third largest central labor council of the national AFL-CIO. Previously she served as the CFL’s director of communications.

As the chief of staff/assistant to the president, Nora Cay oversees a multitude of staff and operations issues in addition to managing several of its public-facing programs and campaigns. As part of her prominent role, she works closely with top officials at organizations across the city ranging from McCormick Place, Choose Chicago, Chicago Sports Commission, and Special Olympics Illinois, among others.

Nora Cay often leads special projects for the CFL. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she established a mass vaccination program aimed at providing the COVID-19 vaccine to essential union workers. Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday 2020, she organized a food distribution event for 2,100 union families who lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Nora Cay attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. on an Evans Scholarship and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.