Carlos Cota

Board of Directors
IATSE International Trustee, International Representative
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
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Carlos Cota is an International Trustee and International Representative for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE) with over 30 years of community service and organizing related to both the Labor and Entertainment Communities.  Cota currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Convention Center Corporation and on the Board of the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs.

Cota began his career as a Stagehand with IATSE Local 122 San Diego in 1990. 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 seven years. In 2006, he was elected Business Agent and served as the Union’s primary officer for the next thirteen years. During his tenure as Business Representative, Cota made his mark within the San Diego’s 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.

After his tenure as Business Representative, Cota was elected to serve in his current position of International Trustee and subsequently hired on as International Representative.

Cota has previously served as an Executive Board Member for the IATSE District 2 covering California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii; Executive Board Member for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Advisory Board Member for the College, Career, & Technical Education (CCTE) program for the San Diego Unified School District and also a Board Member of the California Ballet Company.