Division Council Leaders
Experienced educators lead each of the five CFT division councils. Representatives from constituent local unions of each division elect their council leaders in biennial elections.
Rico Tamayo is president of the EC/TK-12 Council. Rico Tamayo, an elementary school teacher for 20-plus years in Compton and Pico Rivera, heads the Early Childhood/TK-12 Council. Tamayo has served as a site representative and is currently president of the El Rancho Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 3467, in Pico Rivera.
COUNCIL OF CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES
Luukia Smith is president of the Council of Classified Employees, the division of support staff and paraprofessionals. Smith leads the El Camino Classified Employees, AFT Local 6142, representing staff at El Camino College in Torrance, where she has worked for 30 years.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE COUNCIL
Jim Mahler is president of the Community College Council and leader of the AFT Guild, Local 1931. He serves on the executive board of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council and teaches engineering, math and physics in the San Diego Community College District.
Mia McIver advocates on behalf of non-tenure-track faculty and librarians at University of California campuses. She teaches literature and writing as a lecturer at UCLA, where she has also served members as president of UC-AFT Local 1990.
COUNCIL OF RETIRED MEMBERS
John Perez is president of the Council of Retired Members. He was a high school social studies teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and served both as a vice president and president of UTLA before his retirement in 2005. Currently he is president of UTLA-Retired, AFT Local 1021-R.