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UC staff elected to retirement system advisory board

Paul D. Brooks of UC Berkeley and Catherine A. Brennan of UCLA have been elected staff representatives to the University of California Retirement System Advisory Board.

More than 11,000 staff cast ballots in the election, with Brooks and Brennan receiving the most votes in a field of seven candidates.

Brennan, a researcher at UCLA’s AIDS Institute and Department of Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine, joined UCLA in 2009. Reacting to her election, she said, “I want to bring my analytical skills and sense of fairness to discussions of pension issues.”

Brooks, a spectroscopist in UC Berkeley’s plant and soil biology department, has been a UC employee for 31 years and is a member of the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) union. He has both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UC Davis. He said in his campaign statement that he will work to make the pension plan sustainable for all employees — past, present and future.

The pair will join the Board July 1, becoming part of an 11-member advisory group to the President that represents a cross-section of the university community. They will both serve a four-year term on the Board.

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