The Structure of the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association

The following is a summarized and condensed description of the structure of the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association (CATA) to develop a greater understanding of the organization. 

CATA’s Purpose 

CATA aims to promote and improve the teaching of agriculture in California and foster the welfare of those engaged in the agricultural education profession.

CATA Membership

The majority of CATA membership consists of active members but is also comprised of associate, corporate, designated, honorary, and student and elementary teacher members. It includes teachers of agricultural education in elementary and secondary schools, community colleges and universities, State Agricultural Education Staff members, and teacher educators. In addition, it may include former agricultural teachers who are currently serving in administrative or other educational positions.  CATA members shall express their interest and desire to the Governing Board Members for actions or services to be performed by the Executive Director.

California Agricultural Teachers’ Association (CATA) Organizational Structure

CATA is the professional organization for agricultural teachers at middle schools, secondary schools, community colleges, and universities in California.

The smallest subdivision of CATA is the Sectional Level, which is composed of agricultural teachers in a specific geographical area. Each section has elected officers who plan the sectional calendar of activities for the year. 

The next unit of the CATA organization is the Regional Level. California is broken up into six regions. Each region has a Fall and Spring Regional Meeting planned and executed by the Regional Officers. Regions also hold two business sessions at the CATA Summer Conference. 

Finally, the state level’s organizational structure consists of the Governing Board and Executive Director.

CATA Governing Board 

The Governing Board is composed of the Executive Committee, Regional Presidents, and the three Division Chair-Elects. The Governing Board directs and supports the organization during the year. CATA operation authority is channeled through the Governing Board to the CATA President and the Executive Director. The Governing Board adopts policies and procedures that represent the interests and desires of the membership.

CATA Executive Committee 

The Executive Committee consists of the President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President, the three Division Chairs, and Post-Secondary Chair-Elect. Each position is elected by the membership. In addition, the Executive Committee makes recommendations to the Governing Board on CATA business and governance issues.  

CATA Executive Director

The Executive Director performs the duties of the position in conjunction with the policies and procedures adopted by the Governing Board. The CATA President provides general coordination to the Executive Director. The primary duties of the Executive Director are to advocate for agricultural education and career technical education at the state legislative level. In addition, the Executive Director facilitates the operation of the organization and the annual CATA Conference. The Executive Director also works with the CA FFA Foundation and CA FFA Adult Board to complete their missions.

CATA Executive Assistant  

In conjunction with the Executive Director, the Executive Assistant serves the membership performing the organization’s administrative duties. In addition, the Executive Assistant manages the member roles, financial transactions, and acts as the point of contact for the day-to-day operations of CATA.


CATA is composed of three divisions: Secondary, Post-Secondary, and Operations. The purpose of these divisions is to allow an open exchange of ideas and to develop recommendations for improving CATA programs. Each Division elects a Chair, Chair-Elect, Vice-Chair, and a Secretary at the annual CATA Conference. All CATA members in secondary schools are members of the Secondary School Division and focus on secondary issues. Community college and university CATA members make up the Post-Secondary Division. Finally, all CATA members are members of the Operations Division. All matters, which need to be discussed by both groups, shall be assigned to a committee in Operations.

Standing Committees

The standing committees for the Secondary School and Post-Secondary Divisions are as follows: 

  • Affairs and Relations
  • Curriculum
  • Inservice
  • Student Activities 
  • Budget and Audit 
  • Nominations/Bylaws/Professional Awards 
  • Curricular Code 
  • Membership Services 
  • Agricultural Issues 
  • Professional Ethics 
  • Teacher Recruitment/Retention 
  • Tech Prep/Articulation/Curriculum

The standing committees for the Operations Division are:

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