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Representation Matters

The Racial Equity Affairs Committee (REAC) monitors BIPOC representation within CTA and provides BIPOC input on CTA membership programs and policies. 

REAC makes recommendations to the CTA Board of Directors and works at having an Association that is balanced, all-inclusive and equity-minded – with the overall goal of addressing the needs of California’s diverse student population. 

REAC is composed of representatives from the following caucuses: American Indian/Alaska Native, African American, Hispanic, Pacific Asian American.


REAC Charges

  1. Promote Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) participation in all areas of CTA leadership;
  2. Monitor BIPOC representation within the Association as set forth in the governing documents and as identified by the Racial Equity Steering Committee;
  3. Provide BIPOC input on CTA membership programs and policies;
  4. Make specific recommendations to the Board for continuing BIPOC input into the Association;
  5. Work toward an inclusive Association that involves and empowers its equity-minded members;
  6. Advise the Board in addressing the needs of California’s ethnically diverse student and educator population; and
  7. Take an active role in in promoting anti-bias and anti-racist activities in our communities.


REAC Activities 

  • Holding annual Service Center Council Equity Team Trainings and hosting SCC Equity Team Breakfasts at the Equity and Human Rights Conference 
  • Meeting prior to State Council meetings and hosting REAC Receptions at Council 
  • Conducting Annual Forums Presenting “Involvement for All” workshops at CTA’s Equity and Human Rights, Issues, Leadership and Presidents Conferences 
  • Meeting with the CTA Executive Officers twice a year (Executive Officer’s Circle) 
  • Presenting Biennial Reports to the CTA Board Directors 
  • Monitoring CTA’s 3-1(g) plan to increase BIPOC participation

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Communicating With Your Local REAC Committee Member 

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To contact a REAC Member, please email

African American Caucus

Region 4
Camille Butts, Caucus Chair

Region 1
Vanessa Robinson

Region 3
Dennis Canady


American Indian/Alaska Native Caucus

Region 2
Naqiba Gregory, Caucus Chair

Region 1
Paula Merrigan

Region 4
Christina Alaniz



Hispanic Caucus

Region 1
Alberto Nodal, Caucus Chair

Region 1
Mayra Alvarado

Region 2
Ed DeLa Vega


Pacific Asian American Caucus

Region 2
Alma Galapon, Cacus Chair 

Region 2
Christina Moslen

Region 2
Anna Aguilar

CTA Board Liaisons

Region 1
Robert Ellis 

Region 1
Angela Der Ramos 

CTA Staff

Monica Thammarath, Consultant

Romalda Lara, Staff Support

Lisa Adams, Consultant


Additional Resources

One of REAC’s goals is to work toward an inclusive CTA  that involves and empowers its equity-minded members and overall racial equity. Check out our additional resources, including Core Training Resources and SCC Equity Team Resources.

Member-Only Documents

2021 REAC Biennial Report – Status report to the CTA Board on its goals and activities
2021-2022 SCC Equity Team Contact Info
2023-2024 3-1(g) Report – Status report to NEA regarding ethnic minority representation at the NEA RA