December 3, 2014

External Affairs
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Robert Udall Glazier, Deputy Executive Officer
Brad Pacheco, Chief, Office of Public Affairs

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California State Personnel Board (SPB) has re-elected Richard Costigan as its representative to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration.

Costigan was appointed to the SPB by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007. He is currently the Senior Director of State and Government Affairs for the national law and consulting firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. From 2003 to 2006, Costigan served as deputy chief of staff and legislative affairs secretary to Governor Schwarzenegger, where he was involved in all aspects of administration policy and legislative affairs. His responsibilities included being the liaison between the Governor, the Legislature, and the State’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.

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

“Mr. Costigan has served the CalPERS Board and our system well over the years,” said CalPERS Board President Rob Feckner. “We are pleased that we can continue to benefit from his government and public policy experience as we address the opportunities and challenges associated with administering retirement and health benefits for California’s public employees and employers.”

For more than eight decades, CalPERS has built retirement and health security for State, school, and public agency members who invest their lifework in public service. Our pension fund serves more than 1.7 million members in the CalPERS retirement system and administers benefits for more than 1.4 million members and their families in our health program, making us the largest defined-benefit public pension in the U.S. CalPERS’ total fund market value currently stands at approximately $298 billion. For more information, visit