Joe Nuñez is executive director of the California Teachers Association. Before he assumed this position, he was associate executive director of governmental relations for the CTA. He has more than 35 years of experience in California education, including service as both a teacher and as an administrator for the CTA. In 2006, he led negotiations with the Schwarzenegger administration and the California Legislature on the terms of a $3 billion settlement for California schools, resulting in the state’s Quality Education Investment Act. He also served as chair of the Alliance for a Better California, a successful coalition of unions opposed to the governor’s initiatives in the November 2005 special election. From October 2001 until January 2007, he served on the California State Board of Education; and from 2000 to 2004, he was the assistant executive director for the CTA overseeing Region 2. From 1997 to 2000, he was a legislative advocate for the CTA; and between 1995 and 1997, he was the UniServ director for the CTA’s Stockton division. He received the California Teachers Association WHO (We Honor Ours) State Award in 1992 and the California Agriculture Teachers Association Teacher of Excellence Award in 1987. He taught at Ernest Righetti High School in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District from 1975 to 1994 and was also an advisor to the school’s Future Farmers of America. He holds MS and BA degrees from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.