Board Member


Local government elected official


  • Risk & Audit, Vice Chair
  • Board Governance
  • Investment
  • Performance, Compensation & Talent Management

Board Terms

Upon appointment by Gov. Gavin Newsom


Lisa Middleton is serving her first appointment to the CalPERS Board of Administration. She was appointed to the Board by Gov. Gavin Newsom in May 2019.

Lisa was elected to the Palm Springs City Council in November 2017. Representing Palm Springs, she serves on the Riverside County Transportation Commission, the Sunline Board of Directors, and the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy. Also representing Palm Springs, she serves on the following Coachella Valley Association of Governments committees: Transportation, Energy & Environment, and Conservation.

She is a member of the League of California Cities Transportation and Public Works Policy Committee and a member of the League's Riverside County Division Executive Committee.

Prior to her election, Lisa served as a member of the Palm Springs Planning Commission and as chairwoman of the Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs. She is a member of the board of directors of Neighborhoods USA, the Equality California Institute, and the Desert LGBTQ Center. In 2014 she was the Center's interim executive director.

Lisa retired after serving 36 years with California's State Compensation Insurance Fund. At her retirement she was the senior vice president of Internal Affairs with executive responsibility for internal audits, fraud investigation, public records, and governance. Lisa was also a member of California's Fraud Assessment Commission. In 2010 she chaired the Commission.

She earned a bachelor's degree in political science and holds a master's degree in public administration from USC. She also completed the LGBT Leadership Institute program through the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Lisa is the first transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in the State of California.