The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 3, 2011
CalPERS to launch retiree 'ambassador' program

The California Public Employees' Retirement System wants to sign up retired members to help it build support for defined-benefit public pensions via the fund's new "ambassador program," which launches in a little more than three weeks.

The idea, according to this California State Employees Association website announcement, is to "identify individual stakeholders and build relationships to support the mutual goal of maintaining retirement security in California."

CalPERS is hosting the inaugrual ambassadors' meeting on May 26 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at CalPERS headquarters, Lincoln Plaza North 1170.

Rachel Pitts, spokeswoman for the Retired Public Employees Association , said today that fund CEO Anne Stausboll will address the ambassadors' meeting, communications experts will talk about how to discuss pension policy and that CalPERS actuaries will make a presentation about the fund's finances.

The goal, Pitts said, is to get at least 30 people to attend the kickoff meeting.

On a related note, your humble blogger spent a few hours today with RPEA members as they lobbied lawmakers at the Capitol. (That's where we heard about the ambassador's program.) We're planning to write more about the experience for our Thursday State Worker column.

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