CTA State Council Elects VanCedric Williams to CTA Board of Directors

23-Year Social & Ethnic Studies Teacher with UESF, Oakland School Board Trustee

BURLINGAME – At its October meeting in Los Angeles Sunday, the CTA State Council of Education elected San Francisco educator VanCedric Williams to the CTA Board of Directors, District A. Williams, a 23-year social and ethnic studies teacher, and member of the United Educators of San Francisco (UESF), started his career in public education as an education support professional working with Sudanese refugee students in San Diego, before pursuing teaching social studies full time.

“VanCedric is a lifelong fighter for racial and social justice, and equity in our schools,” said CTA President E. Toby Boyd. “We are excited to have his voice and passion for all students on the Board of Directors.”

Williams is a 15-year resident of Oakland, where he sits on the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education – the first teacher on the Oakland school board in two decades. He has been active at multiple levels in the union, from his local where Williams served as UESF treasurer for three years to the NEA Board of Directors, where he currently represents California District 2.

Williams was elected to fill the unexpired term of former District A Director Jerry Eaton, who passed away suddenly in April. The term ends June 25, 2023.

The CTA State Council of Education is comprised of 700 democratically elected educators from across the state and is the union’s top governing body.


The 310,000-member California Teachers Association is affiliated with the 3 million-member National Education Association.