July 27, 2009
Office of Public Affairs
Contact: Brad Pacheco, Assistant Chief
CalPERS Promotes Patricia K. Macht to Director of External Affairs
SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) announced the appointment of CalPERS veteran Patricia K. Macht to the newly created deputy-level position of Director of External Affairs, Chief Executive Officer Anne Stausboll announced today.
“Pat has ably served on our Senior Leadership team for the last 15 years, and has done an exceptional job of leading the System’s internal and external communications programs,” Stausboll said. “She will be taking her CalPERS knowledge, know how and leadership skills to the next level, as she brings under one umbrella the functions of public affairs, state and federal governmental relations and outreach to our stakeholder groups.”
This latest announcement marks the completion of deputy-level recruitments at CalPERS. Kathleen Hamilton was recently appointed to the post of Deputy Executive Officer, Benefits and Stephen Kessler was appointed Deputy Executive Officer, Operations.
Macht joined CalPERS in August 1995 as the Chief of Public Affairs, where she headed up development of a full-fledged internal and external communications and public affairs program. She was promoted to the post of Assistant Executive Officer in 2002. She has also represented the System before the media, state and national interest groups and the public.
Previously, she directed public affairs for the California Integrated Waste Management Board. Prior to entering public service, Macht worked in corporate communications/public affairs positions in the private sector for five years and was a journalist for 10 years.
She holds a journalism degree from the University of Maryland and received a lifetime achievement award for public service communications in 2008 from the State Information Officers Council.
Brad Pacheco, Assistant Public Affairs Chief, will lead CalPERS Public Affairs Office until a replacement is named.
CalPERS, with more than $180 billion in assets, is the largest public pension fund in the U.S. It administers retirement benefits for more than 1.6 million active and retired State, public school, and local public agency employees and their families on behalf of 2,600 California public employers, and health benefits for nearly 1.3 million members.