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At LACERA, we strive to be a premier retirement system as we service one of the largest retirement populations in the United States. We are viewed as industry leaders for our administrative practices, innovative strategies, advanced technological applications, and general expertise.

LACERA encourages learning. In order to best service our members, we believe it is important for staff, management, and Board members to be up-to-date on retirement-related issues and information. We attend, participate, and support other county and state-wide retirement associations; giving presentations regarding investments, benefits, communications, legal issues, and as volunteer officers and members of our strategic partner’s boards and committees.

We acknowledge and celebrate our individual and collective accomplishments. This page honors the accomplishments of Team LACERA.


CIO Jonathan Grabel

Last December 13, LACERA Chief Investment Officer Jonathan Grabel was honored at the 9th Annual Chief Investment Officer Industry Innovation Awards gala in New York City as the winner in the category of Public Defined Benefit Plan Between $15 Billion and $100 Billion. He was selected from a group of distinguished finalists from pension plans across the United States.

The annual awards ceremony is hosted by the Chief Investment Officer publication and communications firm with the goal of changing the way people think about the investment business by highlighting the industry’s most creative, inventive leaders. Winners are chosen by the CIO editorial team in conjunction with CIOs from some of the country’s most influential companies and organizations. Grabel was chosen for his strategic, forward-thinking approach to investing for LACERA’s long-term success and stability.

Visit www.ai-cio.com/lists/2018-industry-innovationawards/?pid=37592 to read the feature article on Jonathan. Congratulations and well done, Jon!


QA Award Team

LACERA recently won the L.A. County Quality and Productivity Commission’s 2018 Innovating for Impact Award, which recognizes commendable achievements in public service. LACERA received the award during the All-Star portion of the 32nd Productivity and Quality Awards program on October 10, 2018. The award was given to LACERA for the innovative training developed by the Quality Assurance and Metrics team, under the leadership of Derwin Brown, to teach staff members how to perform an account analysis as part of the retirement process. Performing the analysis during the retirement process allows LACERA to identify any problems and address them before the member is placed on payroll. Congratulations to the QA team members for their excellent work and this well-deserved public honor.

LACERA Recognized for Excellence, Charitable Giving

LACERA has been busily racking up awards lately. LACERA’s Human Resources Division received Agency Awards for Excellence in Human Resources for both the California and Western Region chapters of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IMPA-HR). These awards recognize the overall quality, accomplishments, and contributions of member agency human resource programs that exceed expectations and go beyond the normal standards of a good government human resources program. LACERA was nominated based on our WorldatWork Seal of Distinction, Career Development Program, Annual Core Benefits Training Program, Charitable Giving Program, Staff Volunteer Day at the Food Bank, and Lactation Support Program, the last of which won the Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace Award.

In addition, for the 28th consecutive year, LACERA was awarded the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for LACERA’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017. The GFOA award represents the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Our annual Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) — a condensed version of the CAFR that we send to all members with their December newsletter — earned the GFOA award for Outstanding Achievement for the 20th consecutive year.

Finally, LACERA was recognized for having the County’s highest percentage of employees (42 percent) participating in the Charitable Giving Campaign via voluntary payroll contributions in 2017. At the Tuesday, June 12, L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting, Human Resources Director John Nogales accepted a top team commendation on behalf of LACERA. A few weeks later, on Tuesday, July 3, the L.A. County Human Resources Department presented the 2017 campaign’s final results and a team award to LACERA representatives at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles.

A photo of L.A. County Human Resources Director Lisa Garrett, LACERA Charitable Giving Coordinator Donna Hansen, and Assistant Executive Officer JJ Popowich at the July 3 Charitable Giving Campaign’s team awards presentation

L.A. County Human Resources Director Lisa Garrett, LACERA Charitable Giving Coordinator Donna Hansen, and Assistant Executive Officer JJ Popowich at the July 3 Charitable Giving Campaign’s team awards presentation