Carlos Cota was unanimously elected to the Board of Trustees on January 14, 2016, at the General Executive Board Meeting in Hollywood, Florida.
Cota began his career as a Stagehand with IATSE Local 122 in 1990 while still pursuing his studies. He entered the apprenticeship in 1995 and was named “Apprentice of the Year” in 1996. In 1998, he was elected to the Executive Board and served for the next 7 years. In 2006, he was elected Business Agent and as of 2016 is serving his fourth term.
During his tenure as Business Agent, Cota has made his mark in the San Diego Labor and Entertainment communities and has been recognized with several awards over the years:
- San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council “Volunteer Dedication Award”, 2008
- IATSE Local 122’s highest honor, the “Lester J. Fluno” Outstanding Service Award, 2010
- “Labor Leader of the Year” by the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, 2011
- “2015 Labor Leader of the Year” by the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO, CLC.
Cota serves as an Executive Board Member for the IATSE District 2; Executive Board Member for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Advisory Board Member for the College, Career, & Technical Education program for the San Diego Unified School District and also a Board Member of the California Ballet Co.