The following statements have been prepared by the candidates running for the two (2) representative Member-at-Large positions on the CalPERS Board of Administration. CalPERS hasn't verified these statements in their entirety and assumes no responsibility as to their accuracy.

You may also view these statements in the 2021 CalPERS Board of Administration Member-at-Large Election Candidate Statement Voter Pamphlet (PDF).

Position A

David Miller

David Miller
Years of CalPERS Covered Service: 31.33
Employer: California Department of Toxic Substances Control
Job Classification: Environmental Scientist

Protecting Our Pensions and Health Care!
For over 30 years I have fought to protect the pensions and health care benefits of CalPERS members. It has been my honor since 2018 to lead this fight as your Trustee on the CalPERS Board. Today, I respectfully ask for your vote for my reelection.

Commitment to You
I will continue the fight to:

  • Protect our Pensions from Attacks
  • Maintain the 100/90 Formula and Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care
  • Provide Affordable Prescription Drugs
  • Maximize Investment Returns
  • Promote Integrity, Transparency, and Your Voice at CalPERS

My Record Defending CalPERS Members
I’ve been on the frontline fighting for CalPERS members:

  • Co-Founder, Californians for Retirement Security
  • Opposed Governor Wilson’s CalPERS Raids
  • Supporter of the Pension Protection Act
  • Spokesperson Against Anti-Pension Ballot Measures

Supported by Those You Trust
My campaign is endorsed by those you trust:

  • SEIU California
  • California School Employees Association
  • AFSCME California PEOPLE
  • Association of California State Supervisors
  • California Association of Highway Patrolmen
  • California Association of Professional Scientists
  • California Association of Psychiatric Technicians
  • California Faculty Association
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • California Professional Firefighters
  • California State University Employees Union/SEIU 2579
  • California Teachers Association
  • Professional Engineers in California Government
  • SEIU 1000
  • SEIU 1021
  • SEIU 521
  • SEIU 721
  • SEIU 99
  • Fiona Ma, State Treasurer
  • John Chiang, State Controller & Treasurer, Ret.
  • Henry Jones, CalPERS President
  • Theresa Taylor, CalPERS Vice-President
  • Rob Feckner, CalPERS Trustee
  • Ramón Rubalcava, CalPERS Trustee

Credentials You Can Count On
My qualifications include decades as a state regulator, labor leader, mediator, and problem-solver:

  • Rank and File Environmental Scientist, DTSC
  • Union Board Member
  • BS, MBA, University of Pittsburgh
  • Master Quality Examiner, AHCA/NCAL

Your vote is important to me and I hope to earn it in this election! Please join my fight to protect your pension and health care by visiting: www.davidmillerforcalpers.org.

David Miller
Years of CalPERS Covered Service: 31.33
Employer: California Department of Toxic Substances Control
Job Classification: Environmental Scientist

Protecting Our Pensions and Health Care for 30 Years!
Throughout my career in public service – as a labor leader and organizer – I’ve fought to protect the pensions and health care benefits of CalPERS members.

Supported by Those You Trust
Because of my 30-year record of fighting on your behalf, my campaign has been endorsed by dozens of groups representing hundreds of thousands of CalPERS active and retired members.

Experience Matters!
My supporters recognize that experience matters in the fight to protect your retirement security. In the years ahead, my experience will be critical in the ongoing battles against those who would strip CalPERS members of our hard-earned benefits.

And while I have great respect for my opponent’s public service, it is clear she has little or no history of fighting to protect your pension and health care benefits. We need leaders with a proven record of fighting to protect our members.

My Record Fighting for You

  • As a labor leader, I helped pass the Pension Protection Act, which ensures that the primary responsibility of CalPERS is to pay your pension and health care benefits.
  • When Governor Schwarzenegger tried to force public employees into risky 401(k) plans, I helped create Californians for Retirement Security, the coalition of 1.6 million public servants that blocked his statewide ballot measure and countless other ballot attacks since.
  • Over the years, I have been a media spokesperson many times – speaking in support of public employee pensions and against opponents who repeatedly attack them.

Honored to Earn Your Vote
I promise to continue to work as hard as I can to protect our pensions, provide quality health care and affordable prescription drugs, maximize investment returns, and make you proud of CalPERS. I would be honored to earn your vote. Please visit: www.davidmillerforcalpers.org.

Tiffany Emon-Moran

Tiffany Emon-Moran
Years of CalPERS Covered Service: 12.88
Employer: City of San Bernardino
Job Classification: Police Detective

My name is Tiffany Emon-Moran, and I seek your vote to the CalPERS Board to ensure the longevity and stability, of our retirement system. My goal is to provide efficacy while strengthening financial health and diversity. As a member of the Board, I will be a voice of reason and common sense, and an advocate that shows compassion and determination for those I serve.

I retired from the San Bernardino Police Department in 2017 as a detective assigned to financial crimes. I earned my Master’s Degree in Public Administration and have a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. I am in progress on an additional degree in accounting and am a Certified Fraud Examiner. Presently, I work for a Southern California law firm.

Despite being a retired member, the passion to continue to be of service remains. I am confident that my education and experience in complex financial investigations will be beneficial to the CalPERS Board and its members. The sustainability of CalPERS is important. As an elected board member, I will make sound decisions with an eye toward future goals. Members place their trust in CalPERS, and I want to be a central component of that trust. I can be reached directly at tiffany4CalPERS@gmail.com.

Tiffany Emon-Moran
Years of CalPERS Covered Service: 12.88
Employer: City of San Bernardino
Job Classification: Police Detective

I am running for CalPERS Board because I’m a retired peace officer, mother, and CalPERS retiree who is worried about the sustainability of our pension system. In the last decade, our pension system has been plagued by countless scandals, staff turnover, and failure to meet annual return benchmarks. It’s time we elect trustworthy, experienced representatives who will hold leadership accountable and prioritize the needs of all CalPERS members.

Stability is crucial for our pension fund yet in the last two years, CalPERS has lost several key executives. We have gone through six Chief Investment Officers in the last two decades, the most recent lasted only 19 months - he is accused of conflicts of interest violations. Our health insurance premiums have increased dramatically, and we have another increase this November. To make matters worse, the CalPERS leadership has failed to provide a concrete plan to account for future retirees while annual pension costs throughout California continue to rise.

My extensive background as a Certified Fraud Examiner and my master’s degree in Public Administration give me the unique qualifications to bring change to the board. I’ll work tirelessly to:

  • Maximize our return on investment – Keep CalPERS sustainable!
  • Bring transparency, accountability, and leadership to the CalPERS Board to stop the corruption and mismanagement.
  • Ensure all active and retired members and their families have access to top-quality, affordable healthcare.
  • Promote proven solutions and investment strategies that will yield healthy returns.
  • Advocate for all CalPERS members and push for inclusion and equity.

I’m endorsed by active and retired members. Vote for me so that, together, we can move CalPERS forward and ensure our pension system is sustainable for future generations.

Learn more about my campaign to protect and serve all CalPERS members at www.Tiffany4CalPERS.com or email me at Tiffany4CalPERS@gmail.com.

Position B

Margaret Brown

Margaret Brown
Years of CalPERS Covered Service: 27.37
Employer: Garden Grove Unified School District
Job Classification: Director Business Services

CalPERS is in trouble, tainted by mismanagement, ethical lapses, and poor investment returns.

  • In 2020, CalPERS' chief investment officer resigned under a cloud after awarding billion-dollar contracts to firms where he held significant financial stakes.
  • In 2018, the CalPERS chief financial officer was fired for misrepresenting his background.
  • Later in 2018, the current CalPERS CEO confessed she never enrolled in a college degree program, despite the CalPERS website and press releases claiming she enrolled in a non-existent dual degree program.
  • In 2016, a former CalPERS CEO was sentenced to over 4 years in federal prison for taking bribes.

CalPERS reels from scandal to scandal with a head-in-the-sand board who seek to punish anyone trying to address issues. Worst of all, for more than a decade CalPERS has failed to generate the investment returns that its own calculations determined are needed to fund our pensions.

We need serious, courageous people protecting our retirement benefits and it saddens me that many of the current CalPERS board are not up to the task. Look at their resumes and you see that most were elevated either because they are or were union officials, or professional politicians. Instead of addressing issues, they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on "leak investigations" attempting to punish insiders who expose wrongdoing.

By contrast, I am a retired public finance professional managing billions of dollars in capital projects. I have the experience and courage to make tough, smart decisions for beneficiaries. I have voted "NO" to politically motivated investment deals that fail to measure up.

I am a widow, a mother, a CalPERS retiree, a cancer survivor, and a Latina - with no insider credentials. My only agenda is to FIGHT for your Retirement Security!

Thank you for your vote.

Website: www.electmargaretbrown.com

email: calpersMargaret@gmail.com

Margaret Brown
Years of CalPERS Covered Service: 27.37
Employer: Garden Grove Unified School District
Job Classification: Director Business Services

I retired in 2018 after 27+ years of public service to care for my mother, a retired schoolteacher diagnosed with Dementia. My pension made it possible to dedicate myself to her care, my siblings could not.

I will ensure your pension and healthcare benefits are protected!

As a longtime “CalPERS Watchdog” I have done everything within my power to ensure that CalPERS’ business is conducted in an open, transparent, and impartial manner.

Without transparency there is no trust.

I was elected four years ago for my educational and work qualifications. During my career I safeguarded billions of taxpayer dollars leading complex Capital Building, Real Estate, and Infrastructure programs for public school districts. The planning, budgeting, financing, and investment records were transparent and reviewed by boards and auditors.

As a seasoned financial manager I am a strong force on the board. My VOTE is unbound by the political forces that have agendas often at odds with your pension security.

There must always be independent voices to create balance.

My education includes:

  • The Wharton School, Investment Strategies and Portfolio Management, Course
  • Harvard Business School, Alternative Investments, Certificate
  • Accredited Fiduciary, NCPERS
  • University of California, Riverside, BA - Political Science
  • Chaffey College, AS – Business Administration
  • Chaffey College, AS – Real Estate

I research issues, listen to stakeholder concerns, create opportunities for debate, support prudent investment strategies, and hold CalPERS management accountable.

I Commit To:

  • Protecting your pension
  • Advocating for stakeholders
  • Responding to your concerns
  • Improving healthcare affordability
  • Speaking up when investment strategies miss the mark
  • Loyalty to the members

I have the EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE and COURAGE to protect your pension.

I am your advocate. Please call me at (415) 342-8393.

Endorsed by (partial list):

  • Cal Fire, Local 2881
  • Retired Public Employees Association
  • California Association of Highway Patrolmen
  • PORAC, Inland Chapter
  • Anaheim Police Association
  • Corona POA

Jose Luis Pacheco

Jose Luis Pacheco
Years of CalPERS Covered Service: 5.80
Employer: San Jose-Evergreen Community College District
Job Classification: SharePoint Developer/Administrator

I will fight to protect your pension and healthcare!

I am an experienced fiduciary officer, IT professional for San Jose Evergreen Community College District, and a second-generation union member.

I promise to defend the defined benefit promise made to California’s public employees and restore professionalism and ethical governance to this board seat as your CalPERS representative.

As the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Santa Clara County Federal Credit Union, I provide fiduciary oversight, strategic guidance, and protect $955 million in assets with the highest degree of transparency and accountability for our 51,000 credit union members.

I also proudly serve as President of California School Employees Association Chapter 363, where I protect our members’ employee benefits from premium increases.

My Education:

  • Bachelor of Science, Economics - Santa Clara University
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences - California State University, East Bay
  • Certification, Alternative Investments - Harvard School of Business
  • Certification, Advanced Accounting Proficiency - Santa Clara University

I will be your advocate and watchdog at CalPERS!

CalPERS members deserve:

  • Investment Results: CalPERS must stay laser-focused on maximizing members’ return on investments. My top priority is to increase investment returns while reducing risk.
  • Affordable Healthcare: Protecting your healthcare is essential. One of the greatest threats to our retirement security is rising healthcare costs. We must use CalPERS’s enormous buying power to contain cost while preserving quality, affordable healthcare.
  • Customer Service: CalPERS members deserve to have their questions answered quickly and their problems resolved immediately. I promise to be accessible and accountable to every member. Below is my personal phone number and email. I will respond to every member and make every effort to answer your questions and solve problems.

I hope to earn your trust and vote as your next representative to CalPERS.

Learn more: www.PachecoForCalPERS.com

Personal phone: (408) 643-0506

Email: info@PachecoForCalPERS.com

Jose Luis Pacheco
Years of CalPERS Covered Service: 5.80
Employer: San Jose-Evergreen Community College District
Job Classification: SharePoint Developer/Administrator

My professional, real-world experience as a fiduciary officer, forensic economist, IT professional, Vice-Chair of the Santa Clara County Federal Credit Union and prior actuarial work I have done will restore the professionalism, ethics, and sound judgment currently missing from this seat.

Margaret Brown’s numerous scandals and ethical lapses, both before and during her term, divert attention from CalPERS’s important mission of providing secure and reliable retirement and healthcare benefits for members.

  • Allegations about Brown’s inappropriate behavior were the basis for a school district paying $200,000 in taxpayer money in settlements that totaled $1.2 million to four whistleblowers.
  • In just four years, Brown has cost CalPERS members over $151,000 on a baseless lawsuit and travel.
  • Brown was warned and disciplined multiple times for illegally using CalPERS resources to further her political ambitions.

Is this the record of someone you would trust to protect your future?

This is Margaret Brown’s fifth run for office in ten years, and her behavior, including initiating a groundless lawsuit and disparaging Board members and staff, demonstrates that she is in this for herself, not you.

I approach everything I do with great professionalism and respect. That is why my union colleagues entrusted me to bargain on their behalf to protect their benefits.

This position is ultimately about trust and judgment, which is why I’ve been endorsed by the organizations and leaders who understand the need to protect our pension and health benefits.

Organizations:

  • AFSCME California PEOPLE
  • Association of California State Supervisors
  • California Association of Professional Scientists
  • California Association of Psychiatric Technicians
  • California Faculty Association
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • California Professional Firefighters
  • California School Employees Association
  • California Teachers Association
  • SEIU California

CalPERS Board Members:

  • Henry Jones
  • Theresa Taylor
  • Rob Feckner
  • David Miller
  • Ramón Rubalcava
  • Maeley Tom (ret.)