State Personnel Board Representative


Ex officio member


  • Finance & Administration, Vice Chair
  • Investment, Vice Chair
  • Performance, Compensation & Talent Management, Vice Chair
  • Risk & Audit

Board Terms:

Upon designation by the State Personnel Board (SPB)

Richard Costigan is serving his eighth one-year term on the CalPERS Board of Administration. He was appointed to the SPB by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007, was first elected to the board by the SPB in December 2010, and continues to serve as its ex officio member.

Currently Richard is the senior director of state and government affairs for the national law and consulting firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

He served as deputy chief of staff and legislative affairs secretary to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was involved in all aspects of administration policy and legislative affairs. His responsibilities included being the liaison between the Governor, the Legislature, and California's many agencies and departments on policy development and implementation.

Before joining the Schwarzenegger administration, he was vice president of Government Relations for the California Chamber of Commerce.

Richard previously served in the California State Assembly as the chief of staff to two minority leaders and the Caucus Policy Director.

He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.