I am proud to serve as a three-term member of the CalPERS Board of Administration; and, I am equally proud to have been elected in 2019 as the first retiree representative to serve as President of the Board.
I ran for Board President this year because I want to make sure that you, and retirees like you, have representation in the highest office on the Board. I ran because I want our issues—retiree issues—to be at the forefront of everything CalPERS does.
I believe retirees deserve:
Since being elected I have worked hard to:
I believe these are among the reasons, I am endorsed by the current and former California State Treasurers. Because my responsibility to you is assuring that I do what is right not what is popular.
Since beginning my career in public service as a 19 year old janitor with the nation’s second largest school district (Los Angeles Unified) through my retirement 37 years later with the same district but serving as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) administering a $7 billion budget and managing 500 employees, I learned what it means to serve on both sides of the table--labor and management. I learned what it means to have a fiscal and fiduciary responsibility to employees and for them.
In addition to serving as a CFO, I have also held positions as:
I’ve brought these experiences to the Board and I am proud of many of our accomplishments over my three terms of service. Among them we have:
CalPERS is the nation’s largest public pension system. We are leaders not just in the nation but in the world. A global fund deserves serious, thoughtful, and experienced leadership which is what I have always strived to provide.
I am humbled to have been elected to the Board and to serve retirees from Del Norte to San Diego, and I would be honored to continue serving you in the years to come.
Thank you for your consideration!
Henry Jones for CalPERS Board