Union Leaders


Union Leaders

Every other year, delegates to the CFT Convention elect the CFT President, Secretary Treasurer and 24 Vice Presidents. The officers and presidents of the CFT division councils comprise the CFT Executive Council.



Jeffery M. Freitas was elected CFT President in March 2019 after serving as CFT Secretary Treasurer for eight years. A credentialed secondary math teacher, Freitas has advocated on behalf of members for more than a decade as president of the Carpinteria Association of United School Employees, AFT Local 2216, and as a field representative and lobbyist for the CFT.


Secretary Treasurer

Luukia Smith serves as CFT Secretary Treasurer. She is the former president of the CFT Council of Classified Employees and the El Camino Classified Employees, AFT Local 6142, representing staff at El Camino College in Torrance. Smith worked in the accounting department at the college for 30 years. 

Post Jane Hundertmark

Senior Vice President

L. Lacy Barnes, an instructor of psychology at Reedley College is the Senior Vice President of CFT. Barnes, who holds a Ph.D, is also president of the State Center Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1533, representing faculty at Reedley and Fresno City Colleges in the Central Valley.


Vice Presidents

The 24 vice presidents typically hold leadership positions in their local unions. They are elected every other year by delegates to the CFT Convention. The vice presidents, president, secretary treasurer and division council leaders comprise the CFT Executive Council. 


AFT Vice Presidents

Every two years, delegates to the AFT Convention elect officers of the national union. Two leaders represent California as Vice Presidents on the AFT Executive Council.

President, United Teachers Los Angeles, AFT Local 1021
Alex Caputo-Pearl

CFT President
Jeff Freitas


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.