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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.

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

Biggest Food Drive and Volunteer Day to Date

In June, LACERA employees took part in what has become a recent mid-year tradition: the third annual Volunteer Day benefiting the L.A. Regional Food Bank. The event continues to grow, with new records this year for volunteer participation as well as food contributions.

The food drive portion of the event was held at LACERA throughout June, with 198 pounds of food donated in the lobby bins. Then on Saturday, June 30, 65 volunteers (41 employees plus their family members and friends) reported for duty at the Food Bank, just south of downtown. Demonstrating how much impact a dedicated team can make, in just three hours the dozens of volunteers sorted 15,356 pounds of food, enough to feed an estimated 12,745 meals to those in need. Watch our video from the day’s event!


BOR Chair Vivian Gray

LACERA Board of Retirement Chair Vivian Gray was elected Vice President of the State Association of County Retirement Systems (SACRS) during the Spring 2018 Conference held in Anaheim. As part of the SACRS leadership team, Ms. Gray helps provide critical oversight and strategic guidance for the association, which consists of 20 independent county retirement systems in California.

Ms. Gray was elected by a roll call vote, and assumed her one-year term at the conclusion of the members’ meeting. Ms. Gray also serves as Chair of the SACRS Program and Bylaws Committees.