Our CTA President is E. Toby Boyd, our Vice President is David Goldberg, our Secretary-Treasurer is Leslie Littman and our Executive Director is Joe Boyd.
Executive Officer Bios
CTA President E. Toby Boyd is in his first term of office beginning June 26, 2019 through June 25, 2021. His background includes a host of leadership and advocacy roles during a 25-year teaching career in the Elk Grove Unified School District. He has been elected CTA president after two terms as CTA District E Governing Board member.
In that capacity, Boyd represented most of the CTA members in the counties of Sacramento and San Joaquin. He was involved with an educational program in Elk Grove Unified that assists under-represented children in a program called MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement). He held the positions of MESA advisor and elementary coordinator for Elk Grove and served as the liaison between the school district and the universities involved with the program.
As a strong site representative for the Elk Grove Educators Association, he gained the respect of his peers and was appointed as a bargaining team member. He served as a delegate to the CTA State Council of Education, the union’s top governing body. At State Council, Boyd served on the Early Child Education Committee, where he was appointed the chair of the kindergarten subcommittee. He also held the position of member/minority-at-large on the CTA Association for a Better Citizenship Committee. Boyd is a 12-time delegate to the National Education Association Representative Assembly.
He was also involved with Preschool California, an organization seeking the implementation of universal access to preschool for all California’s children. Boyd served as a spokesperson for the group at several functions and represented the organization’s position on at least two state legislative panels. He was also appointed by former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass to the state’s California Early Learning Quality Improvement System Advisory Committee, where he was the vice-chair of the Data Systems for Program Improvement and Research/Evaluation subcommittee. Boyd also served on the California Transitional Kindergarten Professional Learning Steering Committee.
Boyd is a graduate of California State University-Sacramento, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in bilingual/cross-cultural studies, and then earned his teaching credential from the Multi-Cultural/Multi-Lingual Center at the university.
Contacting E. Toby Boyd
An educator for more than 20 years, CTA Vice President David B. Goldberg has spent most of his career as a bilingual teacher at Murchison Elementary in the 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. In addition to serving two terms on the CTA Board, he also served as treasurer of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) and was the youngest executive officer to ever hold office in that union.
His CTA activism has included working on the Budget Committee of the CTA State Council of Education, as liaison to Council’s Teacher Evaluation and Academic Freedom Committee, and taking part in CTA’s State of Emergency actions in 2011 (he spent a night in jail along with dozens of other educators who participated in civil disobedience at the State Capitol building to protest funding cuts). He is also a leader in CTA’s Strategic Planning Workgroup. As secretary-treasurer he ensured that CTA remained fiscally sound following years of cuts to California schools, and worked with the CTA Budget Committee and State Council to ensure that CTA’s fiscal priorities aligned with the goals of its members and the Strategic Plan. Goldberg is from a family of education union leaders; his grandmother was an early member of UTLA and took part in the LAUSD strike in the 1970s that gave birth to the union. His aunt, Jackie Goldberg, was chair of the state Assembly Education Committee and also a leader in the education field. His wife, Karla Alvarado-Goldberg, is a middle school psychiatric social worker in LAUSD and a member of the CTA State Council of Education.
He sees advocacy for a strong public education system as part of a larger struggle for social justice and knows that CTA continues to have an important role in that movement.
Goldberg earned a bachelor’s degree in community studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and after a brief career as a professional basketball player, obtained his teaching credential through the intern program in Los Angeles Unified.
He is a lifelong resident of the Echo Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and their three children.
Contacting David Goldberg
Secretary-Treasurer Leslie Littman has taught AP US History, Economics and Government at Hart High School in the William S. Hart Union High School District for 23 years. In addition, she advised yearbook for a decade, led the school’s accreditation review twice, and served as a mentor teacher. In the 2011-12 school year, she received the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.
At the state level, she served on the CTA State Council as a delegate and later as chair of the Credentials and Professional Development and Elections Committees.
Additionally she was a member of the CTA ABC Committee, CTA’s political action committee, for nine years. From 2003-2008, Littman served as the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s designee on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
A graduate of California public schools and universities, she received her BA in History and Economics and Master’s Degree in Education from UCLA. Littman became a teacher because it is a profession where each day is different, and each day brings a new opportunity to help students achieve their dreams.
She resides in Santa Clarita.
Contacting Leslie Littman
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.