The CalPERS Board consists of 13 members who are elected, appointed, or hold office ex officio for four-year terms. The Board composition is mandated by law and cannot be changed unless approved by a majority of the registered voters in the state. Board Members may also serve on permanent or ad hoc committees. Their decisions affect all active and retired members.

If you're interested in becoming an appointed member of the CalPERS Board of Administration, contact the Governor of California or the Speaker of the State Assembly and Senate Rules Committee.

If you have questions about the Board election process or need further assistance, email the CalPERS Board Election Office or call (916) 795-3007.

2017 Member-at-Large Election

A Member-at-Large election is being held to fill the two representative seats known as Position A and Position B on the CalPERS Board of Administration. The term of the incumbents, Joseph (JJ) Jelincic (Position A) and Michael Bilbrey (Position B), will expire on January 15, 2018. The new term of office will begin on January 16, 2018 and run through January 15, 2022.

Below are the candidates as of June 6, 2017. Download Printable Version (PDF).

Position A

Michael Flaherman

David Miller

3732 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (415) 652-4300
Employer at Retirement: Bay Area Rapid Transit
Job Classification at Retirement: Senior Planner

805 Sun Vista Court
Rio Linda, CA 95673
Phone: (916) 496-2549
Employer: California Department of Toxic Substances Control
Job Classification: Senior Environmental Scientist

Position B

Bruce H. Jennings

Michael Bilbrey (Incumbent)

Employer at Retirement: Senate Rules Committee
Job Classification at Retirement: Principal Consultant

1127 11th Street, Suite 346
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (818) 502-3869
Employer: Citrus Community College
Job Classification: Bookstore Operations Coordinator

Margaret Brown

Wisam (Sam) Altowaiji

7725 Gateway
Irvine, CA 92618-5842
Phone: (949) 616-6150
Employer: Garden Grove Unified School District
Job Classification: Director Business Services

Employer at Retirement: City of Redondo Beach
Job Classification at Retirement: City Engineer

Employer Toolkit

Spread the word about the upcoming election. Find promotional material, email templates, and other resources on our Board Election Employer Toolkit page.

Hear From the Candidates September 7

The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County is sponsoring a Candidate Forum on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Learn more about the candidates from 11:30 am. to 1:30 p.m. in the CalPERS Auditorium, Lincoln Plaza North, 400 P Street, Sacramento. You may attend the forum in person or watch a live webcast. You can also watch the forum later as it will be available online.

Vote By October 2

Your ballot package will be mailed on September 1, 2017 and voting ends on October 2, 2017.

Eligible members will be able to cast their vote one of three ways this election: Online, by telephone, or by paper ballot. All three voting options are convenient, secure, and easy to use. Instructions on how to vote will be included in your ballot package.

If a candidate does not receive a majority vote, a runoff election will occur between the two candidates who received the highest number of votes. A ballot package will be mailed on November 10, 2017 and voting ends on December 11, 2017.

Voter Eligibility

If you are a CalPERS member active as of July 1, 2017 or a retired member (excluding survivors and beneficiaries) whose effective date of retirement is on or before July 1, 2017, you are eligible to vote in this election.

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