Walter W. Wise, General President
International Association of Bridge, Structural,
Ornamental & Reinforcing Ironworkers
Walter Wise was born in Pocahontas, Virginia, in 1951. In 1960 his family moved to South Pasadena, California. He returned to Virginia in 1969 where he studied engineering at Virginia Tech. His career as an Ironworker began in 1973 as he served his apprenticeship in Local Union No. 697, Roanoke, Virginia, and became a Journeyman Ironworker in 1977. He worked on a variety of projects throughout the region erecting structural steel and placing reinforcing steel. Walter served as Business Manager of Local Union No. 697 for 9 years before his appointment as General Organizer by General President Jake West in 1997. In February of 1998, he was elected President of the Mid-Atlantic States District Council and has served the Iron Workers Union as a General Vice President, General Treasurer and General Secretary since that time. He is a 36 year member of the Iron Workers Union and current member of Local Union No. 28, Richmond, Virginia.
Walter was elected as General President of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers on February 1, 2011. As General President, he is a member of the Building and Construction Trades Department’s Governing Board of Presidents and the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO. In February 2011, Walter was elected as an Executive Board Member of the Maritime Trades Department. In March 2011, he was elected as an Executive Board Member of the Metal Trades Department.
Walter Wise resides in Oakton, Virginia, with his daughter Lauren.