Eddie Raymond is a lifelong San Francisco Bay Area resident, graduating from and attending post-graduate work in education at UC Berkeley. He has been a stagehand with Local 16 of the IATSE since 1975. After graduating the Apprentice Program at Local 16, Eddie became involved as a member of the Examining Board in 1981 and served as the chair of that committee from 1984 until February of 2014. Since 1981 he has been a leader in the progressive improvement of stagehand training in Local 16 as well as in the International Alliance. Currently he serves the IATSE as a member of their Craft Advancement Program, providing training and advising the IA's Exhibition and Entertainment Joint Training Trust and as an Safety in Entertainment Instructor.
Eddie was a co-chair of ESTA's ETCP rigging certification program and sits as a member of the ETCP Council. He is the President of ESTA's Board of Directors and sits on Technical Standards Council and the Behind The Scenes Foundation Board of Directors.