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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.

Senior Investment Officer Scott Zdrazil Reelected as Treasurer of Council of Institutional Investors

CIO Jonathan Grabel

LACERA continues to actively support efforts to advance the fund’s rights as an investor in capital markets, including participation in the Council of Institutional Investors (CII), a nonprofit, nonpartisan association of pension funds and other employee benefit funds and endowments with $4 trillion in assets. The CII focuses on effective corporate governance; strong investor rights; and vibrant, transparent, and fair capital markets.

In March, LACERA Senior Investment Officer Scott Zdrazil, who has served on the CII board since 2018, was reelected as the association’s treasurer. At LACERA, Zdrazil leads the fund’s corporate governance efforts, including the revision of LACERA’s Corporate Governance Principles and related investment initiatives.

Stepping Up for Charity

QA Award Team

LACERA staff members made great strides for kids in two recent charity walks. First, on Sunday, April 7, Team LACERA joined more than 750 supporters in Pasadena’s Central Park for a 2.3-mile walk to raise funds for the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home environment and services to families facing the illness of a child. Team LACERA raised $570 toward the event total of over $102,000. Participating for LACERA were John Nogales and family, Sevan Simonian, Alex Hollis and family, Kathleen Horning (whose family also donated), Srbui Vartanian and family, Giselle Jaimes, Kerri Wilson and family, Percy Petrov, and Donna Hansen and friend. Staff members Rosalie Baker, Laura Fuentes, and Maggie Luong were not able to participate in the walk but donated to the team.

QA Award TeamJust a few weeks later, on Saturday, April 27, Team LACERA did it again, meeting in Grand Park to hike three miles through downtown in the March of Dimes’ March for Babies. The March of Dimes provides programs that support healthier pregnancies as well as services for premature babies. Team LACERA included captains Donna Hansen and Sevan Simonian, Lou Lazatin, Gina Marie Massarotti, Maggie Luong, Steven Rice, Percy Petrov, Flora Zhu, Natalie Ng, Srbui Vartanian, Alex Hollis, Rosalie Baker, Giselle Jaimes, and Kristina Sun, who all together raised $1,589.

LACERA’s Daughters and Sons Join the Team for a Day

On April 24, LACERA hosted a group of 40 children between the ages of 8 and 12 as part of the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. This year’s theme was “Workforce Development for All” and centered on fostering skills that are essential for joining the workplace. The employees’ kids participated in a wide range of fun activities across several departments that were focused on exposing them to a variety of career paths. In addition, the kids were able to gain insight into their parents’ jobs and see what a typical day at work looks like.

After being welcomed by CEO Lou Lazatin, our visitors had the opportunity to learn more about LACERA operations by visiting with the Communications, Human Resources, FASD, Disability Retirement, and Legal departments. The group took part in specialized activities and games at each stop on the tour and were treated to lunch and ice cream.

The committee for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day includes Andrea Ellison, Justin Chiu, Lauren Decoudreaux, Michelle Yanes, Sevan Simonian, Soledad Cortez, and Stephanie Ashley.

A non-profit educational program in its 27th year, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work is focused on empowering children by having them participate in hands-on activities outside of a traditional educational setting. Every year, LACERA is proud to be one of the millions of organizations across the country to take part.