UTP Organization and Committees

To reach UTP Leadership, please email: [position]@utofp.org, for instance, for Jonathan Gardner, you would email: president@utofp.org

Interested in helping to make UTP a stronger association at your site or for all UTP members?  See some of the teams and committees below.

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BARGAINING TEAM - Bethel Lira (Marshall History Teacher), Chairperson

For educators in PUSD, our union contract should be as vital as our student gradebook or lesson planner. It is a critical document that is the culmination of the collective bargaining process. Understanding it and how it came about is critical to understanding how UTP impacts its members’ professional life in profound ways.

At least once every month, the union and the school district sit down to negotiate the terms for working in the district. UTP has more than 1,000 members, and the Bargaining Team bargains the Contract defining the issues for all members of the bargaining unit: teachers, librarians, counselors, nurses, psychologists, and speech language pathologists.

BUDGET & FINANCE COMMITTEE - Michael To (Blair High School Teacher), Chairperson

The committee chaired by the UTP Treasurer and oversees the preparation of the UTP budget.


The Communications Committee is responsible for promoting the Association’s program—including the specific programs of other committees—to educators and to the public. The committee is specifically charged with representing the Association’s goals, policies, programs, services and achievements in the best possible light and with working to raise the image of educators, of public education and of the Association itself. Those responsibilities dovetail with the committee’s further mission to produce materials for and to coordinate the Association’s overall effort to recruit and retain members. In discharging its responsibilities, the committee issues news releases and otherwise maintains contact with people in the media; participates in the administration of the Association’s advertising program; publishes the periodical and many other publications and printed materials for educators. The committee oversees the UTP websites and social media channels and produces the newsletter and other communications for members and other committees. In addition, the committee conducts training sessions in media relations, community action, internal communication, and membership promotion; and assists other Association committees to prepare, produce, and distribute materials.


UTP's Community Engagement efforts are an integral part of the organization's Strategic Plan. Community Engagement provides services districtwide to UTP in support of community engagement projects. The goal is to build strong, collaborative relationships between communities and UTP. These efforts focus on developing projects and partnerships in support of public schools and their surrounding communities.

CONTRACT MANAGEMENT TEAM - Zara Agvanian (Marshall Math Teacher), Chairperson

The committee oversees grievances.

ELECTIONS COMMITTEE - Patricia Gorse (Blair Math Teacher), Chairperson

The committee oversees UTP elections.


The UTP Human Rights Committee advocates diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of UTP activities. The committee engages staff, members, and the public in Human Rights and Social Justice activities designed to empower all public school children and educate teachers and students to accept different cultures and sexual orientations, thus promoting understanding and tolerance of all differences. Therefore, the intent of the Human Rights Committee is to promote positive human relations and improve the education of all students with a focus on equitable access to public education by focusing on the following concerns:


The mission of the Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) Committee is to advance the interest of educators as organized professionals and to assist in the maintenance of the integrity of public education. The issues related to standards-based education, assessment, accountability, and school improvement guide the committee efforts to meet the needs of educators and students. The IPD Committee:

MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE - Veronica Parra (San Rafael), Elementary School Teacher), Chairperson

The committee is chaired by the UTP Secretary and plans the member recruitment and engagement program.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE - Jennifer Boynton (Longfellow Elementary Teacher), Chairperson

Enduring and meaningful organizing is from the ground up, brick by brick—not top down. The committee works quietly, behind the scenes, persistently asking questions and pushing leaders to take action con ánimo—with great enthusiasm. 


The UTP Political Action Committee (PAC) works to make sure the voices of students and teachers are heard in our local schools and communities throughout the district. Over the years, elected officials supported by the UTP PAC have helped change the face of public education in PUSD, scoring wins for students, local schools and teachers. Whether it is a local bond issue or establishing new educational standards, teachers must be involved in the decisions that directly affect our public schools and students. The UTP PAC makes sure our message is heard.

The committee is the political action arm of UTP, providing campaign funding for UTP.

Meeting several times a year, the UTP PAC screens applications for campaign funding that can be used for mailings, advertisements, and other costs of a local campaign.

Members of the UTP PAC are approved by the UTP Executive Board and Representative Council.  The committee recommends funding to the UTP Executive Board and Representative Council. The UTP Executive Board and Representative Council make all final funding decisions.

SPECIAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE - Richard Chung (Special Education Teacher), Chairperson

The committee believes that students with exceptional needs must be educated in the most appropriate placement and that many of these children can benefit by instruction in regular education classes. Class size/caseload limits are vital to supporting educators’ efforts to educate these students, and full funding is crucial to the program’s success.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE - Bethel Lira (Marshall History Teacher), Chairperson

The committee is chaired by the UTP Vice President and oversees UTP social activities including the winter holiday celebration, the Day of the Teacher celebration, and the retirement celebration.