Deputy Executive Officer, Communications & Stakeholder Relations

Brad W. Pacheco was named deputy executive officer for Communications & Stakeholder Relations in October, 2015.

He provides leadership and counsel to the executive team and Board on strategic communications and stakeholder outreach. His responsibilities include oversight of external and internal communications, including the digital content and overall communications strategy for the main CalPERS and myCalPERS websites, social media, video, visual design, media relations, and employee communications.

Brad directs activities that connect CalPERS to leadership of key stakeholder groups, including legislative affairs, and ensures the development and maintenance of strong stakeholder partnerships. He also leads the pension fund’s Diversity Outreach program and oversees conferences, events, and public records requests.

Brad previously served in a number of leadership roles at CalPERS, including division chief for Public Affairs, assistant division chief, and media specialist for CalPERS investments and corporate governance programs.

He joined CalPERS in November 1995 from the California Association of HMOs, where he served as director of communications.

Brad also served on the public affairs task force for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, developing and implementing communication strategies associated with the disaster response and recovery programs during the 1995 California floods.

In 2014 he was recognized by the State Information Officers Council with a lifetime achievement award. He serves on the board of trustees for the California Museum. He also led an effort for CalPERS to become the first public pension fund to become a member of Out Leadership, a global firm that promotes equality in business. Brad is active in the LGBTQ+ community and lives with his partner in Sacramento, CA.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in rhetoric and communications from the University of California, Davis.