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Herman B. Santos

Herman B. Santos

Elected by
General Members

Term expires
12-31-20

Education Requirements
Met Requirements

Mr. Santos is proud to be an elected general member on LACERA’s Board of Retirement and Board of Investments. He joined the Board of Retirement in October 2017 and is the current Vice Chair. He began his first term on the Board of Investments in January 2004, and has been re-elected several times. In addition to serving as the Board of Investments’ Chair and Vice Chair, he has served as the board’s Equity: Public/Private Committee Chair and Fixed Income/Hedge Funds/Commodities Committee Vice Chair. Mr. Santos is committed to defending against attacks on public pensions, and his roles on LACERA’s Board of Investments and as Chair of the regional SEIU Local 721 Secure Retirement Committee play an influential role in the battle to protect defined benefit pensions.

Notable accomplishments include the following:

  • Attorney, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office
  • Deputy Public Defender IV and Deputy-in-Charge, Pomona Juvenile Branch for the Public Defender’s Office
  • Chair and co-creator, SEIU Local 721 Secure Retirement Committee
  • Member, SEIU Local 721 Committee of Political Education
  • Appointed member, SEIU State and National Public Pension Roundtable, Change to Win Federation, and AFL–CIO
  • Former business agent and attorney for SEIU; New York, Los Angeles, 1974–1997
  • Member, Los Angeles County Public Defenders Association
  • Member, California Public Defenders Association
  • Former member, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Recipient of the 2016 Felony Trial Achievement Award
  • Certificated, Labor and Work Life Program, Harvard University Law School, 2007
  • Certificated, Fiduciary College, Stanford University Law School, 2006
  • Certificated, Investment Management Program, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2003
  • JD, Glendale University College of Law, 1994
  • BSL, Glendale University College of Law, 1992
  • BBA, City University of New York, Baruch College, 1982
  • Served in the United States Marine Corps, 1970–1973