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Our Officers

Our CTA President is David B. Goldberg, our Vice President is Leslie Littman, our Secretary-Treasurer is Erika Jones and our Executive Director is Joe Boyd.

Executive Officer Bios

CTA President David B. Goldberg

Image of CTA President David B. Goldberg posing for a photograph.

An educator since 1997, CTA President David B. Goldberg has spent most of his career as a bilingual teacher at Murchison Elementary in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). In addition to English, he is fluent in both Spanish and sign language.

Goldberg has a long history of union activism. He previously served as CTA vice president and secretary-treasurer for four years each, as well as two three-year terms on the CTA Board of Directors. Goldberg also previously served as treasurer of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). He comes from a long line of Los Angeles educator union leaders—he was active in the UTLA strike of 2019, just as his mother “walked the line in 1989” as a UTLA strike captain and his grandmother did during the L.A. teachers strike in 1971.

Goldberg is committed to securing the full funding that California public schools deserve. He led CTA’s effort in 2020 to reform corporate property tax laws to fully fund public education and local services, and reverse decades of disinvestment in our communities. Goldberg sees advocacy for strong public schools as part of a larger struggle for social justice, with CTA leading the way in the movement for equitable opportunity for all.

He spearheaded CTA’s efforts to establish community schools across the state, helping to guide local educators’ associations in their work with school districts to create transformative opportunities for students and families. Powered by the state’s $4.1 billion investment and the energy of organized educators, this effort has the potential to create real change for communities that have been historically underfunded, elevating the voices of the traditionally marginalized and giving them power and agency in fulfilling their needs.

Goldberg earned a bachelor’s degree in community studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and after a brief career as a professional basketball player overseas, earned his teaching credential through the intern program in LAUSD.

He is a lifelong resident of the Echo Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, Karla Alvarado-Goldberg (a high school psychiatric social worker in LAUSD). They have three children. In his free time, Goldberg enjoys gardening, bike riding and meditation.

Contacting David Goldberg

California Teachers Association, P.O. Box 921
1705 Murchison Drive
Burlingame, CA 94011-0921

dgoldberg@cta.org | Twitter: @teachergoldberg 

 

Vice President Leslie Littman

An educator since 1992, CTA Vice President Leslie Littman taught AP U.S. history, economics and government at Hart High School in the William S. Hart Union School District in Santa Clarita. She previously served as CTA Secretary-Treasurer from 2019 to 2023 and on the CTA Board of Directors representing District I before that.

Littman comes from a family of public school educators – her mother, two aunts, two uncles and many cousins were all public school educators. Arriving at Hart Union School District in 1994, Littman advised the yearbook class for a decade, led the school’s accreditation review twice and served as a mentor teacher to new educators.

A member of Hart District Teachers Association, Littman served as the local’s president from 2007 to 2012 and as vice president from 1999 to 2007. She won election as a representative to CTA’s State Council of Education, serving as the chair of the Credentials and Professional Development, and Elections committees. From 2003-2008, Littman also served as the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s designee on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Littman won the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence in the 2011-12 school year.

As secretary-treasurer during the pandemic quarantine, Littman helped guide CTA State Council’s sudden switch from massive, multi-day, in-person meetings to fully virtual, one-day affairs. While the meetings of CTA’s largest governing body changed in structure, Littman led efforts to elevate member voices, ensure all members felt seen and heard, and preserve CTA’s democratic practices.

Littman is dedicated to ensuring California educators have the tools and support they need to be the teachers all students deserve, lifting their experiences and advocating for their needs.

“We are committed to building our future in our state, for our students and our communities. This requires well-prepared, resourced educators who are paid a livable wage and have safe, supportive working conditions.”

A graduate of California public schools and universities, Littman earned her bachelor’s degree in history and economics and master’s in education from UCLA. During her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, Legos, and spending time with friends and family, including her dog, Poppy. Littman lives in West Hills.

Contacting Leslie Littman

California Teachers Association, P.O. Box 921
1705 Murchison Drive
Burlingame, CA 94011-0921

llittman@cta.org | Twitter: @leslielittman

 

Secretary-Treasurer, Erika Jones

An educator since 2005, CTA Secretary-Treasurer Erika Jones is an elementary school teacher at Los Angeles Unified School District and member of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). She was elected as secretary-treasurer in 2023 after serving eight years on the CTA Board of Directors.

In addition to teaching kindergarten through fifth grade, Jones is a national professional development trainer specializing in classroom management, culturally responsive teaching, racial equity and supporting school communities. Her experience supporting educators and schools includes working on multiple school plan writing teams in Los Angeles.

On the state level, Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Jones to the California Charter Schools Task Force in 2019. The group’s work led to a series of CTA-sponsored bills to reform charter school law that won approval in the Legislature and were signed by the governor, bringing much-needed transparency, accountability and regulation to a previously unregulated California charter school industry. Jones currently serves on the California Department of Education (CDE) Advisory Committee on Charter Schools as well as the CDE Foundation Board of Directors.

Jones served in a variety of elected and appointed positions in UTLA, including as a member of the bargaining team during UTLA’s historic strike in 2019. She also co-chaired UTLA’s Racial Justice Taskforce, collaborating with fellow educators, students, parents and community organizations. A representative to the CTA State Council of Education for five years, Jones was chair of the Civil Rights in Education Committee and also served on a strategic planning workgroup that crafted a vision for CTA centered around the goals of organizing, advocacy, community engagement and social justice.

“Educators change the world every day, supporting more than 6 million students in California’s public schools and community colleges. When we organize and build together to fight for equitable, inclusive and racially just schools, we have the power to win the resources our communities need and our students deserve.”

Born in New York and raised in Kentucky, Jones has lived in California since 1991. She holds a Bachelor’s in International Business from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, and earned her teaching credential and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, Northridge. She also holds an Administrative Credential and has completed the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program: Leadership, Organizing and Action.

Jones lives in Los Angeles with her husband Alex and daughter Josephine. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, painting and creating ceramics.

Contacting Erika Jones 

California Teachers Association, P.O. Box 921
1705 Murchison Drive
Burlingame, CA 94011-0921

ejones@cta.org | Twitter: @Erika78Jones

 

Executive Director, Joe Boyd

Along with decades of leadership, management and field experience, new CTA Executive Director Joe Boyd brings an organizer’s mindset to working with members; A sign that says “Work hard and be kind” is displayed prominently in his office. The maxim ties into advice he received as a labor organizer that still guides his approach today: Don’t take yourself too seriously, take the people around you very seriously, but remember that everyone’s got their own issues. Joe Boyd 

“It’s given me the ability to give a lot of leeway to people,” says Boyd, who began his term as CTA’s executive director Nov. 1.

“We’re all imperfect, but we’re all trying to work together to make things better.” 

A former educator and son and grandson of public school teachers, Boyd has been helping people and groups organize around issues they care about for more than 30 years — 23 of them with CTA. In the early 1990s, he headed United Teachers of Richmond, helping the chapter in the wake of a state-imposed receivership. He went on to work with rural, suburban and urban locals across the state, handling political campaigns, negotiations and other advocacy efforts. In 2008, he started his tenure as the executive director for the Teachers Association of Long Beach, which was just coming out of receivership. 

In 2014, Boyd left CTA to establish his own advocacy and organizing firm. In 2016 he became executive director of the California Federation of Teachers, statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers. 

Now back “home” at CTA, Boyd is in charge of CTA’s day-to-day operations, including management of 400 employees and oversight of more than 1,000 local affiliates.

Contacting Joe Boyd

California Teachers Association, P.O. Box 921
1705 Murchison Drive
Burlingame, CA 94011-0921

jboyd@cta.org 

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