Carlos Cota

Carlos Cota

Board Member

Carlos Cota is an International Representative and Trustee for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) with over 25 years experience in the Entertainment and Convention Industries.

He began his career as a Stagehand in 1990 while still pursuing his studies. He entered the IATSE #122 apprenticeship employed at a variety of venues around the City including the then newly-completed San Diego Convention Center. After quickly achieving Journeyman status, he began traveling nationally with many of the industry's top conventions. This experience allowed him the opportunity to work in and compare services provided at nearly every major convention facility throughout the United States and Canada and bring back those experiences to share with the local workforce.

Following his time working in the field he served 13 years as Business Agent for IATSE Local 122, with responsibilities covering oversight of day to day operations, contract negotiation and administration, budgeting, training and education. During his tenure as Business Agent the local's membership and contract portfolio grew exponentially. He was also responsible for establishing the organization's Training Trust Fund.

He's 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, and spent eight years as an Advisory Board Member for the College, Career, & Technical Education (CCTE) program for the San Diego Unified School District.

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