AFT Vice President
Joshua Pechthalt was re-elected president of the more than 120,000-member California Federation of Teachers (CFT) in March 2013, after serving as president of the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), AFT Local 1021.
Prior to his election as an officer of UTLA, Pechthalt served in numerous capacities, including as a school site rep, a delegate to UTLA’s House of Representatives and its board of directors, and a UTLA regional area chair. He was chairman of the CFT’s Fight for California’s Future Task Force that organized a historic seven-week march in 2011 through the Central Valley to shine a light on the state’s budget cuts to education and social services. He helped create the Reclaim California’s Future Coalition of labor and community partners that was instrumental in passing California’s progressive tax initiative in 2012. He is a vice president of the California AFL-CIO.
Pechthalt taught English as a second language for two years in Cali, Colombia, and social studies for 21 years at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles. Pechthalt earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He and his wife are the proud parents of one daughter, who attends high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District.