November 13, 2014

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Robert Udall Glazier, Deputy Executive Officer
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Lindy Plaza cited for promoting Diversity & Inclusion

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) announced today that Lindy Plaza, Chief of CalPERS’ Diversity Outreach Program, is the recipient of the 2014 Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Hero Award. The award, presented by the Asian Pacific State Employees Association, recognizes Plaza for her work to elevate diversity awareness in public employment.

Plaza, who pioneered the CalPERS Diversity Outreach Program in 2006, was recognized for creating a model program often used by other State departments in creation of their own diversity and inclusion programs.

“Lindy has enthusiastically embraced the cause of diversity and inclusion. She is a true champion of a stronger, better workplace through the power of our differences as individuals,” said Anne Stausboll, Chief Executive Officer. “Lindy truly exemplifies CalPERS’ Diversity and Inclusion Statement; “The combined experiences, perspectives, and talents of all employees and stakeholders strengthen our high performance work culture and organization. Our differences are our strengths.”

Plaza was honored specifically for:

  • Demonstrating leadership in the advancement of EEO and Diversity initiatives in state government
  • Motivating and inspiring other State employees to champion EEO practices, principles and initiatives in State service.
  • Maintaining the highest standard of professionalism through her personal integrity and positive outlook.

Plaza joined CalPERS in 1997. In addition to her role in diversity, she handled strategic communication projects for the pension fund’s Office of Public Affairs.

CalPERS is the largest public pension fund in the U.S., with more than $297 billion in assets. CalPERS administers health and retirement benefits on behalf of 3,064 public school, local agency, and state employers. There are more than 1.6 million members in the CalPERS retirement system and more than 1.3 million members in its health plans. For more information about CalPERS, visit