California Educator

August/September 2019

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C T A I S C O N D U C T I N G a national search for a new executive director, following the departure of Joe Nuñez in July. (Gail Gregorio is the interim executive director.) e executive director guides the work of CTA, the premier voice in California for high-quality public education for all students and one of state's largest and most dynamic labor organizations. rough its 1,000 chapters and 310,000 members, CTA vigorously advocates for the employment rights of public education employees and the civil rights of the students whom they serve. e executive director reports to the Board of Directors. e board is seeking an experienced leader who possesses a bold and broad vision for CTA's role in promoting public education and racial and social justice, and who can help CTA grow with strong organizing programs and engaged members. Leadership for Our Times CTA seeks new executive director J O E N U Ñ E Z S E R V E D A S CTA execu- tive director for six years, and during that time helped lead CTA to multiple victories for public education. " W h i l e J o e w a s a t t h e h e l m , w e passed an unprecedented tax increase for publi c edu cation an d th e l arge st school funding initiatives in the coun- tr y with Propositions 30 and 55," says C TA P r e s i d e n t E . To b y B o y d . " J o e's guidance was instrumental in keeping C TA stron g an d v i brant a s w e sto o d against the corporate, anti-public edu- c a t i o n f o r c e s t h a t h a d d e c l a re d t h e demise of labor unions with the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court decision. "Similarly, he led statewide coalition efforts to defeat multiple attacks on our union rights and attempts to silence the voices of workers." Farewell & thank you to Joe Nuñez Above, Joe Nuñez speaks at CTA State Council. Boyd praises Nuñez's strong advocacy in setting education policy in California that focuses on students and the needs in our classrooms, and notes the legacy he leaves. "His leadership and contributions over the last 25 years have left a lasting mark on this state and created a brighter future for millions of students." Nuñez has more than 45 years of expe- rience in California public education. Prior to serving as CTA executive director, he was the CTA Governmental Relations director in Sacramento, where he also served on the State Board of Education and ranked high on Capitol Weekly's Top 100 list. During his CTA career, which began in 1995, Nuñez served as field staff, legislative advocate and regional man- ager. In addition, he was a high school teacher in Santa Maria for 20 years. 60 CTA & You

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