Melanie Moreno has been named chief of CalPERS Office of Governmental Affairs.
Moreno will oversee the giant pension fund's staff of legislative analysts and be the chief legislative lobbyist for CalPERS on all state and federal legislative issues.
Her job includes overseeing the fund's lobbyist - and lobbying - in Washington, D.C., as well as its dealings with agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Moreno starts her new job at CalPERS May 25./ She succeeds Wendy Nottsineh.
Since 2002, Moreno has been a senior consultant on health care issues for both houses of the state legislature.
"Her experience in the Legislature
will make her an especially effective advocate," according to CalPERS chief executive Anne Stausboll.
In addition to a B.A. in sociology from California State University, Sacramento, Moreno also has two master's degrees (Social Welfare and Public Health) from the University of California, Berkeley.